Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao has scored four goals for Manchester United this season Getty Images

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao's hopes of moving to Premier League rivals Chelsea or Liverpool are "pipe dreams" according to former defender Paul Parker.

Falcao has endured a wretched season at Old Trafford on loan from Monaco, scoring just four goals in 22 appearances and looks set to miss out on a permanent move to the club.

Recent media reports have linked the Colombia international with a move to either Chelsea and Liverpool in the summer upon his likely departure from United but Parker says Falcao's reputation in England makes either move unlikely.

"He is a player of the highest calibre," Parker told Eurosport. "It is little surprise that despite his apparent struggles at United a host of clubs are still interested in signing him, including Chelsea and Liverpool.

"There's just one problem: neither move makes any sense for the Colombian. In the position he is in, could he trust [Chelsea manager] Jose Mourinho to give him a run in the team? With Diego Costa there he would be another Loic Remy, a bit-part player at best.

"As for Liverpool? Nice idea, but they are not quite big enough a club for Falcao; he must be looking for more than that. And being ex-United it's unlikely the fans would take to him – especially if he did not hit the ground running.

"It is great talk for Liverpool, though: even the suggestion that they can attract players of his quality shows that they are moving forward. To be frank, both moves are pipe dreams. A move overseas beckons if he does not make the grade at United."

As United look increasingly likely to part with Falcao at the end of the campaign, the 29-year-old has hinted he is ready to leave the 20-time Premier League champions after being sidelined by manager Louis van Gaal.

After one start in United's last six games coupled with a goal-drought stretching back to January, Falcao admits offers are already flooding from rival clubs ahead of next season, where he hopes to win regular first-team football.

"I need to find a place where I have continuity and I can play," Falcao told Colombian television station Win Sports. "When the season finishes, I will obviously sit down and analyse things and decide what is best for me. Calls are coming in every day so I need to stay calm. I stay out of it and let other people handle this situation."