Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao may have stayed out of the headlines throughout this summer's World Cup after he suffered a serious knee injury which ruled him out of the competition.
However, with the player closing in on a return, some of the elite clubs in the Premier League have been linked with his signature. According to the Express, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are all interested in the Monaco hitman, but it remains to be seen as to whether any of the clubs will step up their interest in the superstar.
It's no surprise that the likes of Manchester United and Co. have been linked with the superstar, with reports from The Express indicating that Monaco are ready to let the striker leave on loan for the 2014/15 season before offloading him on a permanent basis.
And, the same report has suggested that the Ligue 1 money bags wants £9.5m for the player's services for the up coming season, with a further £35.5m to be paid in one year's time. It's not everyday that a player in the mould of Falcao becomes available, so England's elite clubs must act quickly.
The player may have struggled on the injury front last term, but he still managed to score as many goals as now Real Madrid star James Rodriguez last season. And, in truth, £45m for a world class striker in this current climate would prove fantastic business. So, perhaps a deal to bring Falcao to the Premier League will be too good to turn down for the big-boys in the Premier League.
Van Gaal dilemma
Manchester United appear to be one of the teams interested in the player's signature, despite the club possessing an array of talent in their forward line. New Dutch coach Louis van Gaal already has the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Co. at Old Trafford, so the signature of Falcao isn't really needed.
However, with Van Gaal attempting to make his mark at the club, would a move for the Colombian hitman actually make sense? After all, Van Gaal will surely be eyeing a marquee signing as the club embark upon the 2014/15 campaign.
And just imagine rotating Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao...that trio would scare the life out of even the best defences in the Premier League.
Let's be honest, though, United don't really need Falcao. United have one of the best attacking forces in the league, but are in desperate need of improvement in midfield and defence.
There's no doubt about it, Falcao would prove a luxury signing for the Red Devils, but the Colombian superstar could give Manchester United the best attacking quartet since the days of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov and of course Rooney.
Now, then, if United landed Falcao, they could fire with Van Persie and the Colombian, while Rooney and Mata could pull the strings in the No.10 position. Van Gaal will be well aware that he doesn't really need the superstar, but that may not stop the Dutchman signing him anyway.