Fernando Torres says there is little Atletico Madrid can do to prevent Falcao leaving for a more prominent club, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all reported to be pursuing the Colombian striker.
Torres himself left Atletico for Liverpool for £20 million in the summer of 2007, and Falcao could follow the Chelsea star's lead and secure a move to the Premier League.
Chelsea have been consistently linked with Falcao for the past 12 months, and the 26-year-old is likely to provide direct competition for Torres should he move to Stamford Bridge.
Torres knows how it feels to be a big fish in a medium-sized pond, and realises that Falcao may have to be sold by Atletico - even if the former Porto forward does move to Chelsea.
“You never know, it depends on the growth of the team," Torres told El Pais.
“If the player becomes bigger than the club, you can’t hold him back because that is no good for anybody.”
Chelsea would appear to be the most likely destination for Falcao, although Arsenal and Manchester City have both been credited with interest in the Colombia international.
Arsene Wenger is reported to have identified Falcao as a potential acquisition as he makes plans to further compensate for the loss of Robin van Persie, although the striker is likely to be beyond Arsenal's price range.
Expense should be no problem for Manchester City, although development chief Patrick Vieira insists the Premier League champions are now focused on the recruitment of youth, rather than excessive spending on big-name players.