Whatever he decides this summer, Radamel Falcao will have the full support of Atletico Madrid.
The Colombian international is regarded as one of the best strikers in world football, and he has demonstrated exactly why once again this season. Falcao has scored 28 goals in 33 league games for the Spanish giants, and another six in seven cup appearances.
It is no surprise, then, that the 27-year-old is being courted by a number of clubs, although only the very rich can realistically afford to sign him. The former Porto ace has a release clause of £54million in his current contract, which is set to run until the summer of 2016.
Chelsea and Manchester City could be prepared to pay this price for the prolific marksman, whilst French duo Monaco and Paris St Germain have also been credited with an interest. And if Falcao decides on a fresh challenge, he will have the support of his current employers.
“Before the start of the season we spoke with Falcao and promised him that if he kept up the same performances and helped us to qualify for the Champions League, Atletico would help him,” chief executive Miguel Angel Gil-Marin told AS. “Whatever decisions he makes, Atletico will be with him.”
Of course, one of the interested clubs would have to pay the release clause before such a move could happen, unless Atletico soften their stance. But as Falcao’s reputation continues to grow, and with three years left on his contract, the Spaniards are in a strong position.
The Vicente Calderon club have replaced star strikers in the past, such as Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, and Fernando Torres. The latter has been linked with a return to the club during the summer, as part of the deal which could see Falcao move to Stamford Bridge.