£48 million Chelsea and Manchester City target cools transfer talk

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Radamel Falcao insists he is not thinking about a move away from Atletico Madrid any time soon, despite the Colombian forward being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

Falcao has established himself as one of the most deadly strikers in Europe since arriving at Porto in 2009, helping the Portuguese club claim a historic quadruple in 2011 while also scoring twice in the Europa League final as Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 last season.

His sensational form has prompting rumours that a host of top European clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City could be ready to make a move for him in January, with £48 million enough to activate the release clause written into his contract.

Chelsea appear to be leading the way for his signature as they look to add firepower to their front line to help the ailing Fernando Torres, and with Daniel Sturridge seemingly on the verge of leaving for Liverpool, the Stamford Bridge club will likely target a striker in the winter window.

While Atletico’s financial woes are well-documented, they remain adamant they won’t sell up in January, and although Falcao has previously expressed his love the Premier League, he insists he is happy to stay put and help his team challenge Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

"In some moment of my life that time will come,” he told the Sunday Times. “Now, I’m just thinking about Atletico. I have another three years of contract and that’s my reality. I’m really focused on the club.

“This season for me, it is really important. I have a lot of objectives I’d like to achieve and I can’t allow myself to be distracted by rumours. I simply think in the team, in doing the maximum I can helping out. And nothing more.”

The 26-year-old also laughed off claims that Real Madrid will try and steal their rival's leading striker.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez recently joked he would replicate the trick he used to take Zinedine Zidane to the Berndebeu – he passed the Frenchman a napkin at the Golden Ball gala in 2000 with the words ‘Want to play in Madrid’ on it - however Falcao insists it was just a joke.

“That’s what somebody said,” he said. “But I think it was a joke between the president of Atletico Madrid and Florentino.

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