According to the latest round of transfer rumours, it appears that AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao will be staying put this month.
At the weekend, El Tigre and his Monaco side were 2-0 victors over Toulouse in Ligue 1 and temporarily closed the gap on league leaders Paris Saint-Germain to just two points.
However, the champions thumped FC Nantes 5-0 to reestablish their five-point cushion at the summit and further underlined the difficulties facing Les Monegasques in their title bid.
In the same interview with Sky Sport Italia (h/t ESPN FC), Falcao went on to emphasise that he expects to see out his five-year stay at the Stade Louis II. But he did also admit that the lure of working with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was very appealing.
In the 2-0 win over Toulouse, the 27-year-old did little of note, aside from squandering three good opportunities before being substituted with 20 minutes still remaining.
The South American now has just three goals in his last 12 appearances across all competitions and his nine goals after 17 league appearances make the worst tally at this stage in his European career to date.
9 - Radamel Falcao has scored 9 goals after 17 league games this season, his lowest tally at this stage in European football. Doubt.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 19, 2014
With Falcao in dreadful form and not looking like he will break out of that slump anytime before the end of the current transfer window, it is difficult to see a club like Chelsea coming in to rescue him from what is rapidly descending into a nightmare in the principality.
The Colombian also hinted in the revealing interview with Sky Sport Italia (h/t ESPN FC) that his next move, should he chose to make one again soon, could be to Italy.
Despite the former Atletico Madrid and FC Porto man’s admission that he admires Italy’s Serie A, it is difficult to see any team there making a bid for the striker considering his hefty reported €60 million transfer (h/t ESPN FC) from Spain last summer.
The problem for Falcao is that now he is mired in Monaco, and his massive price tag is a huge burden.
His form was expected to not fluctuate, and a prolific introduction to life in France was predicted ahead of the current campaign.
It has not worked out that way, though; with injuries and poor form disrupting El Tigre as well as chemistry issues within the Monegasque side.
With his goalscoring prowess no longer keeping him in the continental limelight, the sight of the marksman making his way off the pitch ahead of time is becoming more and more common.
Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri substitutes him with increased regularity at present. The only possible remedy to this is to start scoring goals again.
Admittedly, the problem is not entirely his own making; he does suffer from a lack of service at times, and he is not the only one of Monaco’s recently acquired stars to be dropped from the side.
Portuguese international Joao Moutinho also paid the price for some poor recent form by making way for talented young French international Geoffrey Kondogbia in Sunday’s starting XI vs. Toulouse.
Kondogbia went on to impress, providing Layvin Kurzawa’s opener for ASM, while teenage sensation Anthony Martial has impressed when asked to fill in for the misfiring Falcao.
However, the once-prolific hit man is not the same player he was in Spain or Portugal at present, which will be a major concern for clubs who would technically have the means to prise him away from the principality.
At this moment in time, the Colombian is not a €60 million player, and it is likely that any interested club will have to pay more than that to acquire his services.
Monaco would be lucky to command half of that fee at present.
Leaving France at this stage would be an admission of failure for Falcao, but being able to recover from this sort of slump in form would underline his quality and likely secure him the move that he seemingly craves in the summer.
A bigger concern for the South American should perhaps be over the possibility of embarking on a Fernando Torres-style slump that might put his World Cup participation with Colombia in jeopardy.
Securing a move away from the Stade Louis II should be the last thing on his mind right now.