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Atletico's Falcao dreaming of Premier League

ESPN staff
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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has admitted he would be tempted by a move overseas but denied that his absence from Europa League games this season is to ensure he is not cup-tied ahead of a January transfer.

Falcao, 26, is one of the world's most in-demand forwards at present having fired Atletico to Europa League glory last season and maintained that impressive scoring form in the new campaign with 13 goals in 11 games.

Manchester City and Chelsea have been heavily tipped to make a move for the Colombia marksman, with the reigning European champions in particular keen to bolster their striking options.

And while Falcao stressed that he remains under contact at the Vicente Calderon, he is happy to entertain the idea of a move away from Atletico, and from La Liga.

"The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come," Falcao 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.

"There are dreams that I have met and others that I am achieving now. I dream of reaching the World Cup with Colombia, and also to keep winning with my club.

"In my head I have these objectives, they are very clear. I can't think after these objectives... 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."

Despite his interest in a move abroad, however, Falcao insists there is not a potential transfer in the pipeline in January, as has been widely suggested because of his lack of involvement in continental competition this season.

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

Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes signing Falcao would be a major statement of intent with the Blues currently reliant on out-of-form Fernando Torres to lead their line.

"If he [Torres] can't still do it at Chelsea, then they are going to have to look somewhere else," Gullit said. "I think Falcao is a very good striker.

"I said at the beginning of the season that Chelsea might need another striker but obviously they wanted to give Torres a chance. If he has taken it, I don't know."

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