Falcao: Chelsea's my dream
Published 23:01 06/07/11 By Martin Lipton
Chelsea target Radamel Falcao claims he "dreams" of playing for the Blues.
New Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas wants the Colombian to join him at Stamford Bridge even if the manager's former club Porto are insisting on his full £26.5million buy-out clause being met.
And while Chelsea would prefer to negotiate rather than meet Porto's demands, Falcao did his bit to move things along as he spoke publicly of his Chelsea ambitions.
The 25-year-old, currently in Argentina on Copa America duty, said: "There is a club that I dream to play for.
"They are foreign but I do not want to say who it is now.
"The Spanish league is good, but I prefer the Premier League as there is a better atmosphere on the field.
"I never thought I would score so many goals. It has been a surprise for me and I have benefited from the quality that we have in our team. I have matured in every respect and I am qualified to play in any big league."
Falcao's blatant pitch comes after it was suggested in Portugal that he has already agreed personal terms worth £4.5million per year to join Villas-Boas in SW6.
Villas-Boas built his Porto side round the attacking talents of Falcao and Brazilian Hulk, although the Colombian filled the point-man role that Roman Abramovich spent £50m buying Fernando Torres to fill.
The new Blues boss met his players - with the exception of Brazilians David Luiz and Ramires, also in Argentina - for the first time yesterday and has pledged not to make any definitive decisions on who he wants to let go until after he has properly assessed the squad he inherited from Carlo Ancelotti.
But with Villas-Boas keen to land Falcao, it is increasingly difficult to see how Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka would accept being demoted to, at best, third in the striking pecking order.