Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly ready to stump up £46million for Manchester City target Radamel Falcao.
A report in the Mirror claims Stamford Bridge’s oligarch is ready to meet the Atletico Madrid star’s whopping €55million buy-out clause, though the Etihad Stadium club are unlikely to be outbid if they are also resolved to signing the Colombia international.
Falcao’s reputation has soared over the past two seasons with him beginning to be mentioned in conversations over who is the best striker in the world, and Chelsea’s bankroller may well have decided to purchase him after seeing firsthand what he is capable of.
Roberto di Matteo’s defence was torn apart in a first-half masterclass of forward play by Falcao, and they could do nothing stop him firing a hat-trick in Atletico’s 4-1 win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup earlier this season.
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini travelled to Spain to watch Falcao score a goal in Atleti’s league win over Malaga last weekend, which could be taken as an indicator that he is keen to add the 26-year-old to his already burgeoning strike force, containing the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
Abramovich has already shown a willingness to spend big this summer as he looks to revitalise the Chelsea squad, with the capture of Eden Hazard and Brazilian international Oscar costing a combined £57million.