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Man City move ahead in race to sign crocked Colombia forward Falcao

| 04.04.2014

Radamel Falcao, currently out with a serious knee injury, is still attracting much interest from some of the top clubs in the world, with Premier League odds-on favourites Manchester City (5/6) now rumoured to be in the hunt.

Chelsea (7/1 title chances) were seemingly ahead in the race to sign the £50m Monaco striker, and Jose Mourinho has publicly stated that he would be interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

However, City director of football Txiki Begiristain recently met Falcao’s agent, along with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Monaco owner Dimitry Rybolovlev in the Spanish capital, according to Spanish reports.

That will be sure to irk the Chelsea boss, who is desperately looking to bring in a superstar striker, as his current crop continuously fail to impress. Fernando Torres, a £50m flop, Samuel Eto’o, out of contract at the end of the season, and bit-part player Demba Ba have collectively managed just 15 goals in 57 Premier League appearances this campaign.

Colombian Falcao, meanwhile, scored nine times in his first 14 Ligue 1 matches prior to a short spell on the sidelines before Christmas, and then his cruciate ligament injury in late January.

Manuel Pellegrini’s currently has the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko on his attacking roster, but with the latter reportedly looking for a way out, City will need more reinforcements.

Falcao hopes to be fit for the World Cup this summer, as his country’s chances of success heavily rely on him figuring in Brazil. Doctors say he he’ll be ready and, if so, you can back him at 22/1 to win the Golden Boot.

Colombia have been drawn in Group C of the competition, along with Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece, and are odds-on favourites both to finish top (8/11) or just qualify to the knockout stages (1/4). They are priced at 22/1,meanwhile, to win the World Cup for the first time.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.