Chelsea & Manchester United dealt £60m striker blow

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Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao.

The AS Monaco striker has been linked with a move away from Ligue 1, amidst reports that he's far from happy with life in Ligue 1.

However, the club have moved to dismiss the speculation surrounding their summer signing, insisting he 'loves' the club.

"He is very happy here, he feels very good in Monaco. He loves this club," said vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, according to Sky Sports.

The claim will be a blow to interested Premier League parties, of which the Blues and Red Devils are counted.

Indeed, reports in The Daily Star last month claimed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was set to make a personal check on the player before deciding whether to move forward with a £60million bid.

The Blues have a number of big-name strikers at Stamford Bridge, but neither Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba have been able to make the position their own under 'the Special One'.

Falcao would have added a world class element to the Chelsea attack if they were able to lure him to west London, but a move now appears to be unlikely.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to lead the line at Old Trafford, with Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in reserve.

However, manager David Moyes has struggled to make things go his way since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, missing out on a number of transfer targets before seeing the Red Devils struggle so far this season.

The arrival of Falcao would have been a major coup for Manchester United in the New Year, but the champions' search will now need to be elsewhere after sending scouts to watch the player last month.

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