World Football Transfers: Is Radamel Falcao Looking for a Move to PSG?

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

Radamel Falcao is one of the hottest transfer stories this year after a blockbusting past 12 months with Atletico Madrid, and the Colombian forward seems to be angling for a possible move to France after praising Paris St. Germain recently.

With moneybags English Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City supposedly retaining an interest in signing the striker for a fee of up to £40 million, and the likes of Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid also all mentioned from time to time, Falcao is one the most sought-after players on the planet.

Despite this, ESPN report that the Atleti striker has stated his admiration for the side that PSG are putting together, as well as indicating he is happy to stay right where he is.

France is a marvellous country, PSG have a very ambitious sporting project. They have invested a lot of money to put together a powerful team. I am very happy [at Atletico], they love me a lot, they make me feel important. I like it a lot in the city [Madrid].

Backed by Qatari owners, the Ligue 1 challengers have spent heavily on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura.

Financially, they would have no problem completing the deal to bring Falcao to France but whether there is room for him in the team to shine and be the main man alongside the mega-ego of Zlatan could be debated.

Falcao has proved a real handful this season, scoring all manner of goals in La Liga in helping Atletico to a second-place title challenge at present.

His 18 goals in 17 games have come from only 62 shots, giving him a 29 percent conversion rate—which compares favourably with both of the league's two biggest names, Leo Messi (28 percent) and Cristiano Ronaldo (12 percent).


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