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Sep, 3, 2012

Falcao 'expecting Premier League move'

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao could be set to move to the Premier League in the near future, with his father predicting it may even happen by the end of January.

• Chelsea 1-4 Atletico Madrid
• Blues priced out of Cavani move

Falcao is one of the most highly-regarded strikers in Europe, and only increased his reputation with a stunning performance last Friday as Atletico demolished Chelsea in the European Super Cup.

The Colombia international would be coveted by clubs throughout Europe if he were to become available, but his father has revealed that the Premier League is his most likely destination.

"Yes, it's very likely," Radamel Sr said when asked if his son could move to the Premier League in January. "There are three teams interested - Manchester City, Chelsea and a Russian team. Falcao has always wanted to play in the Premier League.

"Ever since he was a boy he has loved Chelsea and has always thought it would be an honour to play for a big Premier League team."

It had been suggested that Chelsea would make a move for Falcao on deadline day last week, but an offer never materialised - with a club source telling ESPN that, while a deal for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani was discussed, Falcao was not on the agenda.

Chelsea also denied a preliminary agreement is already in place for Falcao, after details of an initial deal were reported in Colombia, and the player's father confirmed that any interested club still needs to agree a transfer fee.

"I don't want to talk about any pre-agreements," Radamel said. "I spoke to Falcao very briefly yesterday. The minimum release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid is about €55 million, but Falcao doesn't want to talk figures."

Atletico are deeply in debt, with significant funds owed to the tax authorities, and it is believed they will have to sell players to fund their repayments. It had been thought that Falcao could be sold in the summer to raise the cash, but the departures of several squad players raised around €20 million.

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