Ginola: 'I expect Falcao to move to England' - who can afford him?

Ex Spurs & Newcastle star believes Monaco hitman could be on his way to Premier League, with Manchester United, Chelsea & Man City potentially interested.

The Colombian is currently recovering from a knee injury that could rule him out of the World Cup this summer, but Ginola still believes that one of the top Premier League clubs will pursue a blockbuster swoop for the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker.

Everybody wants to come and play in England.” said Ginola, to Daily Star. “When he had the choice and decided to go to Monaco, I was surprised in the first place. I expected him to go to one of the clubs in England but he's still young and he has plenty of options in his career.

His future could lie in Spain, Monaco or England. It's too early to decide his future now but, why not [move]? Everyone wants to play in England. He could play for anyone.”

Falcao, who has scored over 150 goals during the last four seasons, cost Monaco €60m last summer as the big spenders landed their marquee signing upon their return to Ligue 1. Any potential suitors for the man known as 'El Tigre' would have to pay a similar fee, which could leave only Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United as realistic destinations.

Chelsea will almost certainly be in the market for a centre forward after the disappointing displays from Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o, and with the backing of Roman Abramovich, the Blues would certainly be in contention to sign Falcao. Manchester City are currently getting great production out of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, diminishing their need for a new centre forward, whilst Manchester United would surely only spend big on a striker if Robin van Persie left the club.

With all that considered, Ginola's suggestion may come to fruition, particularly if Chelsea can engineer the rumoured deal which would see Torres or Ba and money to Monaco, with Falcao coming the other way. Adding one of the world's top strikers would make Chelsea even more dangerous – even if he's still returning from the knee injury.

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