£48m Chelsea and Manchester City target desperate for Champions League glory

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Radamel Falcao has expressed his desire to one day hoist the Champions League trophy aloft – amid increased speculation of a January move to either Chelsea or Manchester City.

The Colombian striker has been in outstanding form this season for Ateltico Madrid, and although he has failed to find the net in his last four games, he has 10 La Liga strikes to his name so far this term.

Falcao also helped Porto to a historic four trophy haul with Porto in 2010/11 which included the Europa League, a trophy he helped Atletico win last season.

Now though the in-form striker says he wants to make the step up to the Champions League, and win the biggest prize in European club football.

"I would like to be remembered for the titles," he told "I would like to collect plenty of trophies. In terms of trophies I covet the Champions League and the World Cup, you never get enough of that.

"There have been some special moments already, important games, finals … so far the European Super Cup against Chelsea and the Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao have given me great memories."

Falcao’s outstanding form in front of goal has prompted speculation that he could make the move to the Premier League in January, with both Chelsea and Manchester City said to be interested.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to have grown tired with £50 million forward Fernando Torres and is aiming to replace him with Falcao.

That may be complicated by the departure of manager Roberto di Matteo however, who reportedly lost his job in part because of his decision to drop Torres from Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat against Juventus on Tuesday.

Reports in Spain today suggest Atletico are willing to sell up in January as they look set to keep ‘resting’ Falcao in the Europa League, something which is said to be a ploy to avoid the forward becoming cup tied in European competitions.

Ironically, should Falcao want to win the Champions League he may want to avoid completing a switch to Chelsea or Manchester City – the Citizens were knocked out at the group stages last night while Chelsea are on the verge of becoming the first holders to fall at the first hurdle in the Champions League era.

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