LISBON - Porto are considering a bid from
Atletico Madrid for their Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and
Portugal midfielder Ruben Micael, the Portuguese champions said
"We announce that we have received an offer from Atletico
Madrid to sign Radamel Falcao and Ruben Micael and this is being
considered by the club," Porto said in a statement.
Falcao, 25, scored 38 goals last season to help Porto claim
a treble of Premier League, Portuguese Cup and Europa League.
He also became the top scorer in a single UEFA club
competition, hitting 17 goals in the Europa League campaign to
break the record held by Germany's Jurgen Klinsmann.
Playmaker Micael, 24, joined Porto in January 2010 from
Madeira side Nacional. He is a regular in Paulo Bento's Portugal
squad after scoring twice on his international debut in a
friendly against Finland in March.
Both players were left out of the Porto squad for Friday's
home game against Gil Vicente in the Portuguese Premier League,
the club later said on their website.
"With or without Falcao, our objective is to prepare
ourselves to face Gil Vicente," Porto coach Vitor Pereira told a
The coach, who took over after Andre Villas-Boas moved to
Chelsea in June, pointed out Falcao has not been in the starting
line up yet this season as his return to the club was delayed by
last month's Copa America.
Brazilian striker Kleber, bought from Atletico Mineiro last
month, has led the side's frontline in most of their
"We have a squad that allows us to be confident. Porto will
continue to be a very strong team, regardless of whether we have
player a, b or c," Pereira said.
His side will face a tough test of that strength when they
meet Champions' League winners Barcelona in the European Super
Cup in Monaco on August 26.
Falcao joined Porto in July 2009 from Argentina's River
Plate for 5.5 million euros and has scored 73
goals in 84 games for the Portuguese club.
Last month he extended his contract until 2015 in a deal
that set his release clause at 45 million euros.
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