Chelsea have suffered a blow in one of their long-term transfer pursuits today as Monaco insist that the club will not sell Blues target Radamel Falcao in January, according to Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old Colombian international only made the switch to the Stade Louis II-based outfit from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
But there has been lots of speculation that Falcao could be on the move again following some tax issue concerns and wage disputes at the Ligue 1 club.
However Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasilyev has now maintained the club’s stance that Falcao will not be sold as they try to secure Champions League football for next season.
Vasilyev said: “People believe it is suspicious to have such a great player in France. They ask ‘When will he leave? In January or in June?’
“We have always stated that Falcao is essential to our project. He allows us to hire other players and build a whole team.”
However, interestingly he didn’t rule out moves for Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and Barcelona’s Victor Valdes in the near future.
“Vincent Kompany or (Porto defender) Eliaquim Mangala? I won’t confirm we could hire them. We are also thinking about younger players,” he said.
“People talk about Victor Valdes, because he will be a free agent and he is a friend of Eric Abidal. That was the link.
“Valdes is a great player, I can’t say more.”
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