Atletico pay record 40 million euros for Radamel Falcao

AP, Friday 19 Aug 2011

Atletico Madrid bought Colombia striker Radamel Falcao from FC Porto on Friday in a Portuguese record transfer deal of 40 million euros($57 million)

Radamel Falcao

The Portuguese club said in a statement to the Lisbon stock exchange that the price tag could rise to 47 million ($67 million) depending on variable factors it did not specify.

Falcao—nicknamed “El Tigre” (The Tiger)—was a key player for Porto last season, scoring 34 goals to help it win four trophies, including the Portuguese title, in a 30-game unbeaten league run.

Falcao will step in to fill the role vacated by Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, who joined Manchester City in a 38 million pound ($62 million) deal last month.

The 25-year-old Falcao scored the only goal in the Europa League final in Dublin to set a record of 17 goals scored in Europe’s second-tier competition. Chelsea was also reportedly interested in Falcao since coach Andres Villas-Boas had coached the Colombian last season at Porto.

Porto paid Argentine club River Plate ?3.93 million ($5.5 million) for Falcao in 2009.

Porto said it is also selling Portugal midfielder Ruben Micael to Atletico for ?5 million ($7 million). Atletico said Micael had agreed to a four-year deal and was set to be loaned out to Spanish club Zaragoza for the season. 

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