Radamel Falcao has told international team-mates at the World Cup that he hopes to play for Real Madrid next season, and that he will only consider a move to the Bernabeu.
Falcao joined Monaco last year in a deal worth in excess of £50 million from Atletico Madrid, and while his goal scoring record in Ligue 1 was solid, he didn't quite hit the heights he managed in Spain and is now seeking a move away.
The 28-year-old managed nine goals in 17 league appearances before picking up a serious knee injury that wrecked his chance of playing for Colombia at the World Cup. Despite the fact he's not on the pitch for his country, the former Porto star is still in Brazil, and according to Spanish newspaper AS recently paid a visit to his countrymen in Sao Paulo as they gear up to face Uruguay in the last 16.
According to the newspaper he told them that he wants to join Real Madrid this summer, with one unnamed team-mate quoted as saying: “Falcao thinks he’s going to join Real Madrid this summer. He dreams of playing there, and is only prepared to listen to offers from Los Blancos.”
That will come as a blow to Chelsea who have been linked with the striker for some time now. It was previously reported that Monaco were willing to sell up for a cut-price £35 million which may have interested the Blues, although it seems as though they have focused their efforts on landing Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still likely to be in the market for another forward - however it seems as though he's looking at cheaper options after splashing the cash on Costa. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been touted as a potential target, along with Nigerian ace Emmanuel Emenike.
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As it stands, the Blues can only currently call upon Fernando Torres and Demba Ba to lead the line next season, although the deal for Costa should be concluded shortly with more to follow after him.