Mardy Boy Balotelli May Not Have Quite Banked On This One…
Since winning the Portuguese treble with Porto under Villas-Boas in 2011, Falcao has gone from strength to strength, establishing himself as one of the World’s top strikers. He is the only player to ever win consecutive Europa League titles with two different teams, (Porto and Atletico Madrid).
Falcao scored 36 goals for Atletico Madrid last season in all competitions and his clinical destruction of Chelsea in the European Super Cup, in which he scored a hat-trick, proved his pedigree beyond any doubt.
Though he has only been there for one full season, Atletico Madrid may struggle to hold to the prolific front-man as the Premier League’s spoiled children come looking to raid the Spanish toy cupboard. Chelsea have long admired Falcao’s talents, but now it seems Manchester City could snap up the Columbian hitman. The price for for Falcao will be high. Reported to be somewhere around the £46 million mark Atletico Madrid will look to make a profit on Falcao after paying around £35 million to prize him away from Porto.
Rumours of a switch to the Premier League have circulated for a while and with Mancini’s face to face meeting with Falcao’s agent he could be closer to finding a home in the Blue side of Manchester as apposed to the Blue side of London.
It seems to me that Mancini just wants Falcao so that Chelsea can’t have him. He already has 4 world class strikers at his disposal in Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli. Though they have struggled on the European front so far, from what I have seen it is down to the absence of genius play-maker David Silva, and a little defensive confusion, as Mancini tries to persevere with his structural alterations at the back.
Mancini would likely have to make some space in his squad for Falcao’s arrival. Unlikely to be either of the Argentine’s, super-sub Dzeko, or mardy-pants Mario Balotelli could be sacrificed.
Chelsea appear to actually need someone of Falcao’s quality if they are to maintain their push for domestic and European glory this season. Drogba has left a hole in the squad that Torres is yet to show he can fill. With Di Matteo’s limited striking options there are few options for a plan B when things are not going his way. When Liverpool equalised in Sundays premier league clash, the Blues had no real options on the bench to change the shape of the game. Chelsea’s defenders are scoring lots of goals this season, and Di Matteo would probably prefer to rely on a striker for goals and let his defenders concentrate on keeping clean sheets.
Neither Man City or Chelsea are afraid of spending outrageous amounts of money and come January the deal for Falcao’s signature could end up being a bidding war, queue quick talking auctioneer and durable gavel.