Liverpool have made contact with Radamel Falcao over a possible loan swoop for the Monaco forward, according to the Sun.
The Colombian international is on loan with Manchester United but has failed to make an impact this term and is likely to be returned to his parent club Monaco come the end of the season.
Now reports are emerging that he could stay in the Premier League with fierce rivals Liverpool. The Sun say that Falcao has been approached by the Reds over a deal similar to that of Manchester United - a loan with the option to make the move permanent if he impresses at Anfield.
The Sun also say that Chelsea are interested in making a similar approach, but as things stand Liverpool are the only team to have made contact with his representatives.
Falcao has managed just four goals for Manchester United in the Premier League, and hasn't started a game since the 2-0 win over Sunderland last month.
The former Porto and Atletico Madrid ace has told members of the Colombian media that he is seeking first team football, which suggests that he's resigned to leaving Manchester United. "Obviously I need to find a club where I have continuity," he is quoted as saying today.
Whether he would get that at Liverpool remains unclear. Daniel Sturridge is the clear number one at Anfield while Raheem Sterling has excelled in a central role too. Summer signing Mario Balotelli may be moved on in order to make room for Falcao having failed to impress since joining from AC Milan.
What could be a major sticking point for Liverpool is the fact that Manchester United paid a £6 million loan fee and took on his wages which are in the region of £280k-per-week. Monaco and Falcao's team may well ask for similar terms this season, although they may have to lower their sights given his efforts this term.
Another problem is that Falcao is keen to play Champions League football, which may not be on offer at Liverpool. They are five points off of Manchester United in fourth after their defeat against Louis van Gaal's team over the weekend with time running out.
The 28-year-old has played just one season in the Champions League and is keen to get more European action under his belt as soon as possible.
Liverpool took a massive risk by signing Mario Balotelli for £16 million last summer and it has backfired badly. At face value the swoop for Falcao belongs in the same category.
However if they are able to loan him first then, money aside, it could be a sensible move. Falcao has the pedigree throughout his career and will score if given the right opportunity to flourish. It seems that it's merely a case of right place, wrong time for him with Manchester United.
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