According to MARCA, Atletico Madrid are lining up Porto striker Radamel Falcao as a possible replacement for Sergio Aguero should the Argentine get his way and leave the club.
The Colombian striker is putting in some impressive performances at the Copa América which have caught the eye of many clubs.
25-year-old Falcao was an integral part of the Porto side which ended the 2010/11 season with a Europa League victory against Braga at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
He finished the tournament as its top scorer with a record-breaking 17 goals, and delivered the telling strike in the final that handed the title to the Portuguese club.
Atletico face some hefty competition for his signature with both Chelsea and Real Madrid rumoured to be leading the pack.
Chelsea hold a distinct advantage as they have appointed the man who led Porto to European glory, Andre Villas Boas, as their new manager following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure.
The striker has admitted that a move to a bigger league in Europe is on the cards and has stated that he would prefer to move to the English Premier League, making the odds of Chelsea signing him even shorter.
“I have matured in every respect and I am qualified to play in a big league,” Falcao was quoted as saying by FIFA’s official website.
“The Spanish league is good, but I prefer the Premier League as there is a better atmosphere on the field.”
Having said that, Atletico are still in with a shot of signing the striker, whose release clause is €30 million. Chelsea already have plenty of firepower in their squad so unlike Aletico, signing a striker isn’t high on the to-do list at Stamford Bridge.
Atleti can offer Falcao plenty of game time and will have the money to spend once Aguero’s transfer is finalised.
Falcao is one of Europe’s hottest properties and signing him would be a major coup for Gregorio Manzano as he looks to fire Atleti back up the table into the Champions League spots.