x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Move away from Atletico Madrid imminent for Radamel Falcao

Possible exit of the in-demand Colombian striker could fetch the ailing Primera Liga club much needed cash.

Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao (C) controls the ball during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Granada at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pepe Marin (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) *** Local Caption *** MAD107_SOCCER-SPAIN_1118_11.JPG
Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao (C) controls the ball during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Granada at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Pepe Marin (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) *** Local Caption *** MAD107_SOCCER-SPAIN_1118_11.JPG

Another week, another win for Atletico Madrid, who remain second five points ahead of their grander neighbours. The only surprise was that Radamel Falcao, 26, did not score. The striker who is too good for his team is likely to follow former Atleti frontmen like Sergio Aguero and Fernando Torres in a big money move away.

He may even replace out of form Torres at Chelsea or be part of a deal which sees the former idol return. That would soften any blow for fans in awe of the Colombian who says he is "obsessed" by scoring. Three years ago, Torres was valued at twice that of Falcao, now the figures would be reversed. With Europe's biggest clubs circling around football's best finisher, it's a question of when he goes.

"Sixty million euros for Falcao would solve Atletico's economic problems," said Miguel-Angel Gil Martin, the CEO who sanctioned his €40m (Dh188m) transfer with funds the club didn't have in 2011. "But I can say for sure that he will stay until the end of the season."

Falcao remains as uncommitted as a committed person can be. "I am happy at Atletico, I have a contract here," he has said on more than one occasion. He has also said that: "I think I could adapt to England" while his father claims that his son dreamt of playing for Real Madrid.

Any move would not go down well with Atletico, a move to Real would cause serious problems. Jose Mourinho is a fan but his president Florentino Perez committed to maintaining good relations with the neighbours.

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