Radamel Falcao is one of the best strikers in the world right now, and any club would want his services.
But it is widely believed that Atletico Madrid will not be able to retain Falcao beyond the end of this season. With the January transfer window now open, however, he might be tempted to leave before the end of the season.
With rumors of Falcao's potential departure or staying in Madrid swirling every day, we will attempt to keep track of it all here throughout the week. Here are the latest updates on Falcao and where his future might lie.
Update: January 28, 10:45 a.m. ET
If you're the kind of person who's into microanalysis, have a look at the latest batch of quotes from Radamel Falcao.
In this video (via The BBC), Falcao states his admiration for the "great football" played in the Premier League, adding that England's best domestic competition has "a lot of significance worldwide."
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Update: January 22, 12:40 a.m. ET
Well, it looks like that could be that. Radamel Falcao has a hamstring injury, and while it might not keep him out for too long, he could be sidelined until the end of the transfer window.
And that means no move for the Colombian striker.
Via The Guardian:
The coach Diego Simeone said in a post-match news conference the player, who is coveted by several of Europe's richest clubs, could be sidelined for around three weeks.
An injury means no medical, which equals no transfer—especially for a player who could cost over £40 million. Further updates will appear as they arrive.
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Update: January 14, 9:45 pm ET
According to Radamel Falcao himself, a transfer to Ligue 1 is not out of the question. And the only team in France with the financial strength to shell out almost £50 million for the striker is Paris Saint Germain.
All the juicy quotes can be found on The Independent's website, but here are a couple of the most important ones:
I've been [to France] before, and I love it. PSG have a very ambitious sporting project and they've invested a huge amount of money to construct a competitive team. That will need time, but that could come very quickly.
Whether Falcao will follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and others in moving to the French capital is uncertain for now. But the two would certainly be an appropriate match.
Update: January 11, 1:15 pm ET
If Radamel Falcao does move during this transfer window, it's likely to be to an Italian team.
Or so the Colombian said recently. Via The Independent
I cannot rule out a future in Italy. Juve or Milan? I have a favourite club, but I prefer not to say.
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According to Metro, Roberto Mancini is prepared to use the massive budget at his disposal to purchase both Radamel Falcao and Daniele Di Rossi.
Manchester City have a squad loaded with talent and experience, but Mancini is always looking to add new faces to compensate for dips in form or injury. With the mercurial Mario Balotelli acting up again, the Mancini might want insurance for his striker's unpredictable bouts of insanity.
Falcao would be extremely expensive insurance, but if there is any club in the world that can afford to spend tens of millions of pounds on world-class insurance, it is Manchester City.
He first impressed himself to the Chelsea brass in September, scoring a hat trick to sink Chelsea in the UEFA Supercup. With Daniel Sturridge officially a Liverpool player, Fernando Torres is going to need more help up front than ever.
Falcao would make an outstanding partner to Torres and would be the single most important asset to Chelsea's already-fading Premier League title challenge.
A man who exudes goalscoring from every pore of his body would certainly help the Blues keep up with free-scoring Manchester City and Manchester United.
Despite all the rumors saying that Falcao will leave for greener grass this winter, the man himself has moved to put them to bed.
At a conference in Dubai recently, he said:
I have had a great season with my squad and my aim is to finish this year properly. I don't know what will happen in future. I feel pride to learn that the work I've been doing is acknowledged by other clubs. Having said that, this is part of football and I'm very happy at my club.
These do not sound like the words of a man who is rushing to get out the door, but footballers can be deceiving. If nothing else, Falcao's statements will send any transfer fee through the roof, as Atletico Madrid now have a great deal of leverage in potential negotiations.
According to some reports, like this one from Colombia Reports, Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid have already come to a preliminary agreement to allow the striker to switch sides of the capital this month.
Apparently, Falcao "signed something with Madrid a while ago," and it is only a matter of time before the move is finalized.
Looking at this potential transfer objectively, it is easy to see why Real Madrid would want Falcao, and vice versa. The Colombian would thrive with Los Blancos' cast of superstars, Madrid need the goals and Falcao would not have to move to an entirely different city.
However, Enrique Cerezo, Atletico Madrid's president, has moved quickly to dispel the rumor, saying that "it's totally false that Falcao is linked to Madrid."