Transfer News: Chelsea Open Talks with Radamel Falcao

Adrian AgiusAnalyst INovember 13, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 28:  Falcao (C) of Club Atletico de Madrid leaves Anthony Annan (R) and Alejandro Arribas of Osasuna behind during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and CA Osasuna at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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It looks as though the hottest property in World Football—Radamel Falcao—will apply his trade at Chelsea following the upcoming transfer window, after the Blues opened informal talks with the Atletico Madrid star.

According to a report on, it is believed that Falcao revealed to Chelsea that he would like to move to the club in the upcoming transfer window. The interest comes after Roman Abramovich suggested that Chelsea would meet the release clause of €60 million, leaving Atletico no choice but to let Falcao leave.

The Columbian forward had somewhat flown under the radar during his time at Porto, despite being a prolific goalscorer (41 goals in 51 matches) at the club. A €40 million move to Madrid following success in the UEFA Europa League, began attracting interest from bigger clubs. A total of 36 goals in his first season at Atletico marked Falcao's spot on the world stage as a striker.

This season, Falcao has only been outscored in La Liga by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. His prolific goal scoring and ability to hold the ball up on the edge of the penalty area has seen Atletico remain in second position in what is typically described as a two way La Liga race between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Chelsea have made their interest in Falcao no secret. Fernando Torres' arrival at the club has failed to reap the rewards the Spanish striker was expected to bring, compound this with the departure of club legend Didier Drogba, and Chelsea's desire to land Falcao is made clearer.

The arrival of Falcao at the club would most definitely provide the icing on the cake of a stellar attacking midfield. The possibility of having Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard playing in behind Falcao will no doubt establish Chelsea's offensive capabilities as one of the best in Europe—if not the best.

At €60 million, Falcao isn't a cheap buy, but with the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain also coming into the fray, it might indeed be in Chelsea's best interest to get Falcao to sign on the dotted line as soon as possible.

Promising signs ahead for the defending European Champions.