Radamel Falcao underlined just why he is the hottest property in world football with a stunning last minute free-kick for Atletico Madrid over the weekend. The Colombian hotshot continues to churn out incredible performances, setting transfer tickers around the world crazy as he is linked to every football powerhouse under the sun. According to the most recent reports, Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City are the two front-running clubs vying for his signature, but which one suits his style better? talkSPORT decided to compare and contrast the two...
Roberto Di Matteo has done a fantastic job during his six months in charge with Chelsea, and after claiming the Champions League crown he has got the Blues off to a flying start this season. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Chelsea's start this season though, is their potency in front of goal despite Didier Drogba's exit.
Di Matteo's decision to place the striking onus on Fernando Torres still remains a massive risk, and with Daniel Sturridge seemingly set for the Stamford Bridge exit Falcao would represent a much more tangible alternative. Given the high intensity of Chelsea's attacks, and the glut of chances created for Torres already this season, it would be fair to assume that Falcao would have no issue bagging in excess of 20 league goals were he to be given the same chance.
Falcao's hefty price tag isn't thought to be too much of an issue for free-spending Chelsea, but Blues' chiefs (Abramovich included) would be wary of splashing out in excess of £40m, having blown a similar amount on Torres less than two years ago. While Falcao seems much more suited to Chelsea's style of play than Torres initially appeared, his transfer would represent a massive outlay for a player who has no experience in a league completely different from those of Spain and Portugal.
Under Roberto Mancini Manchester City have progressed from FA Cup winners to European giants in little more than two seasons. Their transformation is unquestionably down to the wealth of their Arabic owners, but where once a whiff of discontent lingered, now the sweet smell of success wafts around Eastlands. City are now an attractive proposition for players who are looking to win trophies, as the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva have shown, and Falcao could well be caught up in that as well.
Mancini already boasts one of the strongest squads in Europe, and his embarrassment of riches in the attacking department alone has proved a massive headache for the sultry Italian. With a fully fit squad Mancini is tasked with selecting the best combination of Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez. However, with all four strikers continuing to perform even when used sparingly, it appears as though there is no real room at City even for a player of Falcao's undoubted class.
While Falcao would represent a monumental signing for either club, it seems as though Chelsea offer the Colombian a better fit. With Fernando Torres the Blues' only real option in attack and Man City's inflated squad bursting at the seams, Falcao would likely find more opportunities at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's fluid counter-attacks would service Falcao's goal-threat perfectly, and should he move to west London, expect him to bag a lot of goals.
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