The future of Radamel Falcao has been a hotly debated topic recently with Manchester United fans after Marca published a front page splash that he would be coming to Old Trafford in the summer.
Whilst Atletico manager Diego Simeone brushed off any speculation surrounding his immediate future, Falcao has spoken about the rumours and distanced himself from any potential move.
He said: “In recent weeks I have tried to isolate myself and not think about the rumours about my future.
“I do not really know where that information has come from [joining Manchester United], that is part of the press.
“I’m focused only on Atletico Madrid. I do not let the market rumours affect my performance.”
The prolific Colombian international, who has scored an astonishing 89 goals in 112 appearances since moving to Europe, appears destined to leave his current club Atletico in the close season and the transfer appeared to be a straight race between Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich, who were all credited with a concrete interest in the player.
However, last week rumours began to circulate that the 27-year-old was on his way to Old Trafford with United reportedly stealing a march on the competition by paying a sizeable chunk of the striker’s €60 million release clause in the form of a down-payment.
This was of course reminiscent of the David De Gea transfer from Atletico in the summer of 2011 with a down-payment also paid to the Spanish outfit on that occasion.
While the story was originally picked up in last Thursday’s Marca publication, subsequent stories reported Javier Hernandez would move in the opposite direction to pave the way for Falcao.
However, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to quash speculation of an impending transfer confirming many fans beliefs that the rumours had been cooked up by pro-Real Madrid publication Marca to unsettle their cross city rivals camp with the Madrid derby around the corner and the teams jostling for second position.
But given that Ferguson adopted the same approach to the De Gea transfer stories last season, not everything he says can be taken at face value.