The Colombia international has been one of the revelation of the season and his fine performances have not gone unnoticed in England, and beyond
By Andrea Ghislandi
Arsenal and Tottenham have tabled offers for Porto's €30m-rated forward Radamel Falcao, Goal.com can reveal.
The Colombian hitman has enjoyed his most prolific season in European football, helping the Dragons to a treble, and his agent disclosed that the 25-year-old's performances have attracted attention in England.
Claudio Mossio of Sivori and Asociados, the company that represents the striker, told Goal.com: "Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the two clubs that are keen to sign him, and have already tabled an offer for Falcao."
The striker has a buy-out clause of €30m and has also courted attention from clubs across Serie A. However, due to a lack of EU passport, a move to the peninsula is unlikely to materialise at this stage.
Mossio continued: "The problem with a transfer to Italy is that he does not have a EU passport. He has a contract for two more years with Porto and has a buy-out clause of €30 million. The club that matches that clause has a good chance of signing him."
The Portuguese champions recently tied star forward Hulk to a long-term deal while setting the Brazilian's buy-out fee at €100m, and are still hopeful of doing similar with his strike partner.
"Porto want to open contract talks and offer him a new and improved deal to insert a higher minimum fee release clause," he added.
Mossio added that the chances of a move to Italy would increase if the Italian Football Federation were to allow its clubs to sign an extra player from outside the EU, but conceded that a move to Spain or England is more likely.
"The chances of a move to Italy increase if that would happen. However, the Spanish and English clubs are sitting in pole position. Inter already have [Giampaolo] Pazzini as striker, while Juventus have [Alessandro] Matri. He would be a good addition to Roma," he concluded.
Falcao struck a tournament-record 17 goals in the Europa League in 2010-11 as the Dragons enjoyed a memorable campaign under the tutelage of coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Since joining the club from River Plate in the summer of 2009, the frontman has collected the Portuguese league title, two Portuguese cups, two Supercups and the Europa League.