Chelsea and Manchester City are going head-to-head for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. The Sunday Express says the Colombian savaged Chelsea in the European Super Cup final in Monaco two months ago - an embarrassing night witnessed by Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich.

From that moment he has made the signing of the 26-year-old a cash-no-object priority.

But so have Premier League champions City whose manager Roberto Mancini has vetted the red hot striker this season.

Mancini was left frustrated when Chelsea beat his club to the signing of gifted Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard.

He doesn't want the same scenario over Falcao, who has helped his team outshine neighbours Real Madrid in La Liga this season.