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Luiz hoping for Falcao deal

David Luiz expressed his hope that Radamel Falcao joins Chelsea after Brazil's 1-1 draw with Colombia in New Jersey.

Falcao, 26, has been strongly linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid, whose financial concerns appear likely to necessitate a sale at some stage in the coming months. The Colombia striker this week told Radio Caracol he was "dreaming" of a transfer, adding: "The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come."

Chelsea are believed to be monitoring the situation amid concerns over Fernando Torres' goal return, and Brazil centre-back Luiz has made clear that he would relish the chance to play alongside Falcao.

"I'm happy when there are great names attached to Chelsea," Luiz said on US. "He's a great player. It would be a good choice for Falcao to come to Chelsea ... All of the players would be happy because Falcao would be a great player."

On Wednesday, asked about Falcao's radio interview, Atletico coach Diego Simeone had said in Marca: "Everything that is happening to Falcao makes me happy as I have known him since he was a kid.

"I already spoke with him before the game against Athletic [Europa League final] - for me there was a possibility that he could leave and it is normal that the best players in the world could move when the competitions have finished. He deserves everything good that is happening to him."

Falcao has yet to feature in the Europa League this season, and there have been suggestions that the primary reason for his absence is to ensure he is not cup-tied ahead of a January move.

The player had insisted it was "not because I'm leaving in January" during the week, and Simeone added: "I am the coach - I do not have to explain my decisions. I do what I have to so we are competitive in three competitions."


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