Chelsea & Manchester City joined the race to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao

Falcao believes he will be a Barclays Premier League player come January.

The Atletico Madrid striker reports for international duty with Colombia this week fresh from scoring a hat-trick against Chelsea in his side’s 4-1 victory in the European Super Cup on Friday night.

Falcao has already spoken to his father, Radamel, and revealed that his preference is to play for Chelsea or Manchester City.

‘There are three teams interested - Manchester City, Chelsea and a Russian team,’ said Falcao senior.

‘Falcao has always wanted to play in the Premier League.

‘Ever since he was a boy he has loved Chelsea and has always thought it would be an honour to play for a big Premier League team.’

The Colombian newspapers are reporting that a pre-contract agreement has already been agreed with Chelsea and the player. ‘I don’t want to talk about any pre-agreements,’ added Radamel.

‘I spoke to Falcao very briefly yesterday. The minimum release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid is about 55million Euros, but Falcao doesn’t want to talk figures.’

When asked about the chances of his son playing in the Premier League by the time the next transfer window closes, his father confirmed: ‘Yes, it’s very likely.’