Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Target Radamel Falcao Keen to Seal 'Dream' Move, But Says He is Happy at Atletico

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Nov 15, 2012 12:44 AM EST
Radamel Falcao
All eyes will be on Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao in the Madrid derby against Real"


Chelsea's number one target for January, Radamel Falcao has stated his desire to play in another league, while playing down suggestions of an impending move to England.

Falcao is one of the hottest strikers in Europe, scoring goals for fun for his club Atletico Madrid, while the forward has also been prolific for his country Colombia. That form has led to some of the biggest and richest clubs in the world looking at the possibility of agreeing a deal with Atletico, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City reportedly keeping a close eye.

The Blues, however, are understood to be the frontrunners for the Colombian's signature, with Roman Abramovich reportedly agreeing to shell out another significant amount.

Chelsea are in desperate need for a striker, with Fernando Torres being their only recognized center-forward, even if Daniel Sturridge is capable of playing in the position.

With Torres far from convincing this season, Roberto Di Matteo is keen to add another proven goalscorer into the squad, as Chelsea look to defend their Champions League crown and compete for the English Premier League title, where they lie three points behind leaders Manchester United.

Falcao, who scored a hat-trick against Chelsea in the European Super Cup earlier in the season, reiterated his desire to play in another league. "The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come, he told Radio Caracol. "I keep dreaming.

"I know that in time I would like to go to a different team. But I have three more years left on my contract with Atletico.

"The dream is always there. The Premier League is an interesting league but I have a few years left on my contract with Atletico and I'm just focusing on Atletico."

Falcao has been repeatedly left out of Atletico's Europa League squad, which has led to suggestions the striker is being protected so that he does not end up being cup-tied. The 26-year-old, however, believes it is purely a tactical decision by manager Diego Simeone, as Atletico look to keep pace with Barcelona in the La Liga.

"The reason I don't play in the Europa League is because of a technical decision by Simeone, not because I'm leaving in January," he added. "It's just a precaution."

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