Manchester United failure Radamel Falcao has opened the door to the possibility of joining Chelsea during the summer transfer window while confirming his intention to remain in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old striker moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2014 after Louis van Gaal's side agreed a season-long loan deal with Monaco, with the option to buy him on a permanent transfer this summer for around £44m ($68m).
But after the Monaco striker scored just four goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils, the Dutch boss turned down the option to secure him on a permanent deal.
The Colombia international has since been heavily linked with a £25m move to Stamford Bridge as manager Jose Mourinho is looking for back-up to Diego Costa after Didier Drogba left the club.
Falcao is still in contact with Monaco. But with the striker unlikely to turn out for the Ligue 1 side next season, recent reports claimed the club's vice president Vadim Vasilyev offered his services to the Blues, Valencia and Juventus to recoup around £25m, having paid almost double to buy him from Atletico Madrid in summer 2013.
Mourinho has never hidden his admiration for the Colombian star and earlier in 2015 even admitted he decided against signing him previously due to his high salary.
In this sense and with agent Jorge Mendes involve in the negotiations – as he represents both Mourinho and Falcao – recent reports claimed the striker is ready to take a wage reduction to move to the west London club.
And Falcao has now confirmed his first intention is to stay in England, while refusing to rule out a move to Chelsea. "I have the intention to stay in the Premier League," he said to AS.
When asked about Chelsea's interest, he said: "There have been much speculations in recent days but I have tried to stay out because I am very care about what will happen with the national team in the Copa America and my agent is there for that [to negotiate]".
"I have already said that I would like to remain in the Premier League but that will be decided in the coming weeks. I have intentions to remain in England."