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Falcao backed for Chelsea move

Chelsea have been backed in to odds-on to sign Falcao amid claims the deal has been done..

Last Updated: 26/04/13 at 09:51

Falcao: Backed for Stamford Bridge switch

Falcao: Backed for Stamford Bridge switch

German media claim striker will follow Mourinho to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have been backed in to odds-on to sign Radamel Falcao with Sky Bet, amid speculation that the Colombia striker and Jose Mourinho have both agreed moves to Stamford Bridge.

Various German media reports have suggested that the Blues have already moved to acquire the Atletico Madrid striker on the request of Mourinho.

The talk has been supported by Sky Bet reporting a run of bets on Falcao heading to West London, prompting the odds on a move tumbling from 6/1 to 1/5.

The 27-year-old has scored 25 goals for Atletico this season to propel them to third in La Liga, just three points adrift of rivals Real Madrid, but has a release clause of just over £50million in his contract.

Meanwhile, a proposed return for the 'Special One' has been mooted for some time, with Mourinho having repeatedly revealed his desire to return to the Premier League.

A return to Chelsea has been odds-on for over a month but further backing on Wednesday night, when Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League hopes were significantly dented with a 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, saw the price for a second stint at the Bridge cut to 2/7.

Sky Bet's Chris Spicer said: "It is difficult to decipher whether the backing is really from those in the know or just people buying into the reports, but the amount of stakes we have seen has certainly warranted a significant shift in odds.

"Manchester United were previously backed in to favourites to sign Falcao following speculation in the Spanish media that a deal had been agreed, so it certainly would not be unprecedented for foreign media speculation followed by subsequent backing to prove misleading."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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