Manchester City out of race for Chelsea target

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Manchester City have cleared the way for Chelsea to land Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao after declaring themselves out of the running for his services.

The Citizens also say they have no interest in trying to land Barcelona target Neymar.

Manchester City have been linked with big-money moves for the pair in the past but chief executive Ferran Soriano says neither player features in their transfer plans for the summer.

"Neymar and Falcao? [These reports are] false, they have never been on our agenda," Soriano is quoted as saying on

The former Barcelona chief also dismissed reports that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer, with Real Madrid reportedly ready to pounce.

"The first thing I want to emphasise is that we have never thought of selling Aguero. El Kun will be happy to stay with us this year," Soriano insisted.

Chelsea now appear to be in a straight shootout with Monaco for Falcao, although the Colombian insisted yesterday he is in no rush to leave Atletico Madrid.

Newly promoted Ligue 1 side Monaco are said to already have a deal in place for Falcao, with the club's assistant coach Jean Petit claiming he expects the signing of Radamel Falcao "as soon as possible".

Chelsea have been linked with a move for various other strikers, including Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani.

Neymar meanwhile looks like he is on his way to Barcelona, although reports in Brazil claim negotiations are on-going.

The Catalan club are believed to have made an offer of around €20 million last night which Santos rejected out of hand.


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