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La Liga sensation closing in on Chelsea switch?

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European champions Chelsea have again been linked with  Radamel Falcao after the Atletico Madrid star hinted he is ready to move to the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo is ready to slug it out with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini according to The Sun, as the Stamford Bridge outfit look to finally secure the services of the in-demand 26-year-old.

Falcao scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in the Uefa Super Cup in August and TalkSPORT recently suggested Atleti were ready to offer the player a new bumper deal in an effort to thwart  the advances of billionaire Roman Abramovich – who was understood to be readying a £38 million move to take Falcao to Stamford Bridge in January.

Those reports claimed the Spanish side were proposing to increase Falcao’s current salary and also add another year to a contract which already runs until the summer of 2016. However, it was also reported by The Daily Star that Atleti are interested in bringing former hero Fernando Torres back to the Vicente Calderon – something which could move Chelsea  into pole position to sign the Colombian.

The Sun now claim the two English clubs are on alert after Falcao seemingly suggested he was close to a move away from La Liga: “The opportunity of playing in a different league will come at the right time.” The former Porto ace said, before adding: “I don’t stop dreaming — on the contrary, I know at some point I might want to move to a different team.”

Chelsea travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways after di Matteo’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last week by Liverpool. City, meanwhile, face Aston Villa at Eastlands.

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