Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have all made surprise transfer inquiries about Radamel Falcao as speculation regarding his long-term future at Manchester United continues to gather pace.
The Sunday Times reports that the Premier League trio made contact with the Red Devils misfit's representatives to sound out the Colombia international's potential availability, after failing to make much of an impact during his first six months at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old linked up with Louis van Gaal's side on an initial season-long loan deal from AS Monaco last summer, but Manchester United have an option to make his move permanent at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
However, Falcao has struggled for fitness and form and has contributed just three goals in 14 appearances for his new club, which has raised doubts about whether Van Gaal will press ahead with plans to secure the South American's signature.
Despite his inconsistent performances, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger appears willing to take the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid marksman to the Emirates Stadium, despite already boasting a wealth of attacking options in north London.
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After signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and another former Manchester United man in Danny Welbeck in the previous transfer window, some Arsenal fans might question whether they actually need another striker option, particularly one that seems as damaged as Falcao.
However, additional interest from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and Liverpool is proof enough that the Red Devils ace's reputation remains intact, with possible opportunities to continue his career in England at the Etihad Stadium or Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers would certainly like to add another goal-getter following Mario Balotelli's disappointing start to life on Merseyside, as the Reds continue to struggle in the post-Luis Suarez era.
City, meanwhile, have already tied up a January deal for Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, so it's difficult to see where Falcao would fit in to Manuel Pellegrini's squad.
Poor form continues
Falcao did return to the Manchester United line-up for yesterday's 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, but failed to get on the scoresheet after missing three good goalscoring chances against the relegation strugglers at Loftus Road.
Van Gaal was asked about the misfiring striker again during his post-match press conference, and the Dutchman gave little indication that he would look to make Falcao's switch into a full transfer at the end of the campaign.