Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, which has boosted Premier League quartet Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in the race for his signature.
This has been reported by The Express, who have suggested that the Colombian hitman could now make a move to England's elite division following the snub from the Bernabeu.
It appears, then, that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has decided against moving for the former Atletcio forward. The European champions already have an array of talent at their disposal, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all plying their trade at the La Liga giants.
Instead of looking to land Falcao, the Real boss is now expected to alternate his attacking line, with the likes of Isco and Jese also hoping for starring roles next term. Even without Falcao, Ancelotti's side already look formidable ahead of the new season, and it remains to be seen as to whether they will further add to their squad before the start of the new La Liga campaign.
With Madrid seemingly out of the race for the player's signature, the elite clubs in the Premier League could now benefit after the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been credited with interest in the Colombian star.
It's not surprising that the top teams in England have been linked with the superstar in recent time, with the same report from the Express suggesting that the Ligue 1 outfit are ready to loan the player out for one season before selling him on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015.
Any deal for the player, however, could come at a price, with the report suggesting that the French moneybags want as much as £9.5 million for the initial lone, and then another £35.5m next summer.
It remains to be seen as to whether Manchester United and Co. will make a move for the hitman, but he'd certainly prove a major coup for the elite Premier League clubs. Despite having missed the World Cup through injury, Falcao has proved to be one of the leading forwards in world football.
Liverpool, of course, are on the lookout for a Luis Suarez replacement at Anfield, while Chelsea have already added to their attacking line in this window after completing a deal to bring Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge. Manchester United and Manchester City, on the other hand, already have an array of talent in their front-line, so it would prove a surprise if either club pressed ahead with a move for the player.