Chelsea hit snag in chase for £35m Manchester United flop

Chelsea are still in negotiations over a move for Monaco star Radamel Falcao, with the Blues preferring a loan deal over a permanent transfer, according to reports from the Mirror.

Falcao spent last season on loan at Manchester United and was expected to increase the Red Devils’ goal tally, however the Colombian struggled for form and fitness and was subsequently labelled as a flop.

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However, this has not stopped Premier League champions Chelsea trying to sign the striker, who wants a deal settled before the start of the Copa America campaign.

With talks ongoing, the move has hit a slight obstacle with Monaco demanding £35million via a permanent deal, but the Blues only want to sign the 29-year-old on loan.

Falcao has himself stated he prefers to remain in the Premier League, but may have to consider other options with Juventus and Valencia also keen on the former FC Porto hitman.

“I know that it has been speculated a lot about Chelsea. I try to stay out of it. But I would like to continue in the Premier League.

“I think about working with Colombia for now. Everything else is for my agent.”

Falcao made 26 league appearances for United, scoring only four goals.