Falcao denial gives Premier League suitors fresh hope

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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has publicly denied speculation linking him with a move to Monaco, according to reports in Spain.

The Colombian international has also been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester United thought to be interested.

But reports this week claimed Falcao had agreed a deal to move to cash-rich Ligue 2 club Monaco. With promotion to Ligue 1 guaranteed, rumours suggested Falcao was to be the club's first big signing as they look to challenge Paris St Germain next season.

But speaking before Atletico's Copa del Rey final against city rivals Real Madrid this evening, Falcao denied any knowledge of the move.

"I know nothing," said Falcao, as reported by Spanish newspaper AS. "I just think about Atletico Madrid and I do not pay attention to those speculations.

"I have already been placed in half of Europe - the media placing me with Manchester United, Real Madrid - since I arrived [in Spain] they have been sending me away."

The former-Porto striker insists he will not think about leaving the La Liga club while under contract, branding the rumours as nothing but 'speculation.'

"They said after the final of the Europa League in Bucharest, that if we did not qualify for the Champions League I would have to leave,” he said. “I do not know what to think, the only thing I know is that I have a contract with Atletico. The rest is speculation.”

The 26-year-old was heavily linked with Chelsea in the January transfer window, while Manchester United have emerged in recent weeks as a potential destination.

So the reports of a move to Monaco came as something of a surprise. However, having denied the link, the likes of Chelsea and United will get fresh hope of landing one of the world's top strikers this summer.

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