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Chelsea pushing Atletico Madrid to drop Falcao price

Chelsea are pushing Atletico Madrid to drop their asking price for Radamel Falcao.

The Daily Express says Blues are ready to pull the plug on their £45 million move for Falcao.

Owner Roman Abramovich, who wants to bring in another striker in January to bolster Chelsea's Premier League and Champions League challenge, had earmarked Falcao, above, as his No1 target.

But Chelsea are deadlocked with Atletico over the price for the free-scoring Colombian, with the Spanish club determined to recoup the £42m they paid Porto for him in August 2011.

Abramovich is unwilling to pay that kind of money and has told Atletico he will not be held to ransom over Falcao, who has a buy-out clause in his contract set at £45m.

A source close to Abramovich said last night: "Roman is not sure about Falcao at the moment. Atletico are adamant they want their money back, and Chelsea will not pay that figure."

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