Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has placed a €60 million price-tag on in-form star striker Radamel Falcao, revealing that the club may sell the Colombian if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, ESPN Soccernet reports.
“Falcao’s €60 million ($77.2 million) would solve a lot of our economic problems,” Gil Marin revealed on Spanish radio station COPE.
“With security (he will). Him and all the players the coach wants will stay.
“If Atletico doesn’t get into Champions and can’t pay what Falcao is asking, I don’t think that Madrid can cover it.”
At the moment, Atletico and Spanish giants FC Barcelona are sitting atop the La Liga table, both on 19 points, with each club posting a 6-1-0 record through seven league matches.
Despite their position in the league table, Falcao does not believe that Atletico can compete with the likes of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid for La Liga supremacy.
Although Atletico look a really strong side, I think he’s right.
Los Rojiblancos, along with Malaga CF, are the early-season favorites to grab the final two Champions League spots in Spain, but each club will surely be eyeing third place, which guarantees a place in the Champions League group stage in 2013-14.
Akpom signs Arsenal contract
Arsenal teenage starlet Chuba Akpom, 17, has agreed terms on his first professional contract with the Gunners after turning 17, Sky Sports understands.
The highly-rated attacker, who bagged his first goal for Arsenal’s Under-21 side in a 2-0 win over Reading earlier this week, is regarded as one of the premier young talents in English football.
“Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Chuba on his first professional contract and we look forward to his continued progression with the club,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
Boa Morte joins Chesterfield
In other news, former Arsenal winger Luis Boa Morte, 35, has joined League Two club Chesterfield ahead of the Spireites clash with Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact Stadium this Saturday, according to Sky Sports.
Boa Morte last played for the Orlando Pirates in the ABSA Premiership in South Africa.
Before that, the former Portugal international spent one season with Athletic Union of Larissa 1964 in Greece after leaving the English Premier League and West Ham United following the 2011 season.
“The most important thing for me now is to play football and get going again. I’ll be here until the end of January but that doesn’t mean that I won’t stay until the end of the season,” said Boa Morte.