Chelsea have been chasing Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao for months now and their chances of landing the striker has been boosted by the fact that Manchester City have pulled out of the race for the forward.

Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that Atletico Madrid General Manager Migel Angel Gil Marin and Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes met with City’s new sporting ­director Txiki Begiristan after the champions’ 2-1 win over Spurs last week.

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Both men arrived at the Etihad without receiving an invitation from City and were told that Roberto Mancini’s ­interest in Falcao would not be firmed up with an offer. (Sunday Mirror)

There are so many top clubs that are after Falcao but City and Chelsea were by far the front runners and now the Manchester club has stepped aside, it leaves the door open for the Blues to step in and make a firm offer.