The two-pronged battle by Chelsea FC and Manchester City to sign the Atletico Madrid marksman Radamel Falcao has taken an apparent decisive turn with City dithering to sign up the striker, according to reports from the Daily Mirror. Supposedly, the City Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain had extended an invitation to the Atletico GM Migel Angel Gil Marin and Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes last week and made clear City’s stance on the Falcao situation. As things stand now, the City management will only consider signing Falcao after they get a buyer for the enigmatic Mario Balotelli. The sudden prudent move could be ascribed to either a City forward line bursting at the seams or starting steps to fall in line with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

This however comes as good news for Chelsea, who are stuck with the underperforming Fernando Torres as the only specialist striker of note. Although the Milanese giants have shown their interest in Falcao, both lack the purse strings of Roman Abramovich. Post their blistering start to the Premiership, Chelsea has stuttered of late and are lying in the 3rd place in the league table. Falcao, who has a goals to game ratio of nearly one for Porto and Atletico, might be the magic potion for the Blues in both medium and long term.

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