Liverpool have been linked with a move to sign Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao.
The report states: "Monaco sources claimed last night that the Reds have been in touch with a view to take the Colombian striker on loan — in a similar deal to United.
"And now Chelsea are also eyeing the South American superstar as Blues boss Jose Mourinho aims to exploit his relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes."
What of his United future?
Falcao is on a season long loan, and United have first option to buy him. However this is on condition they pay a pre-arranged fee of £40 million. As he has scored just four goals, it is highly unlikely the Red Devils will exercise this option.
They may attempt to re-negotiate, but by this point Falcao and Monaco will be open to hearing alternative offers.
Would he sign?
Beyond Daniel Sturridge and Diego Costa, both sides lack real alternatives up front. Falcao is still worth a gamble on previous reputation alone, especially if a loan deal can be struck, while his wages would surely be reduced bearing in mind his poor performance this season.
It should also be noted he is in his first season coming back from a serious knee injury, and may yet hit his stride in his second season back and make United pay.
What are the challenges?
The main issue would be price, and convincing Falcao to stay in the Premier League. The division has not proved productive for him, and he cannot afford another year like this one.
His best option may yet be to return to Spain where he excelled with Real Madrid, try his luck in Italy or even stay with Monaco to recapture his form in Ligue 1, as he arguably should have done this year before seeking such a big move.