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Falcao is top target for European clubs

Radamel Falcao will be one of the hottest targets in Europe this summer after his brilliant Europa League campaign.

And where better to put yourself in the shop window than in a major European final?

Falcao’s stunning brace of goals in Wednesday night’s Europa League final and an outstanding performance from Atletico Madrid was too much for Athletic Bilbao as Diego Simeone’s side ran out 3-0 winners.

Colombian striker Falcao curled in a brilliant strike in the seventh minute and doubled the lead on 34 minutes with an impressive turn and shot.

Bilbao squandered chances before Rubas Diego completed the scoring in the 85th minute.

Simeone said: "Winning is always marvellous, but you enjoy it more as a player, because one is on the pitch, one can scream, run, do a lap of honour. When you are a coach you leave that sort of thing to the players.”

Athletic Bilbao have been in outstanding form in this season’s competition and coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted: "I feel tremendously disappointed. I'm responsible for how my team played and we did not accomplish our goal.

"There was a stark difference between the teams. We played how Atletico wanted us to, allowing them to play their way in the process."

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