Chelsea & Manchester City locked in battle for Falcao & Cavani

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Chelsea and Manchester City, due to lock horns in a mouth watering clash on Sunday, will reportedly continue their rivalry into the summer transfer window as both clubs pursue strikers Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.

According to, Falcao has been identified as a priority target by both Chelsea and Manchester City, while Cavani has been outlined as a back-up choice should they fail to sign the Atletico Madrid star.

Chelsea are reported to have held informal talks with representatives of Falcao late last year, who has a release clause of £48.1 million written into his Atletico contract, and have already made plans to integrate the 27-year-old into their wage structure at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, is credited with a trip to watch Falcao in action for Atletico Madrid against Malaga last October, and the club's hierarchy reportedly believe the Colombian can provide them with significant revenue though their numerous commercial deals.

Real Madrid, however, are also in the race to sign Falcao, and the failure of either Chelsea or Manchester City to land the former Porto player will reportedly lead them to Cavani of Napoli.

Cavani has scored 27 times in 29 appearances this season, and is closing in on a century of strikes for the Naples club, but this campaign may be is last at the Stadio San Paolo.

Manchester City representatives have publicly expressed their interest in the 26-year-old Uruguayan, while reports that Chelsea are impressed with Cavani and consider him an able alternative to Falcao. 

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