Monaco striker Radamel Falcao will move to Manchester United instead of Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal. The Colombian has been a long-term target for Real, but will now play for United subject to a medical at Old Trafford.
Having joined the French club for €50 million, it looked as though the only club able to buy the striker would be Real Madrid, but the option of a year-long loan deal has now come up. It is expected that the Colombian’s wages and loan fee will be sky-high, but United boss Louis van Gaal wants extra firepower to correct the club’s poor start to the season.
Van Gaal believes that Robin Van Persie’s injury problems could leave the club short up front, especially as Javier Hernandez could be on the verge of joining Real Madrid. The door could also be left open for Danny Welbeck, who is not highly regarded by the Dutchman.
Falcao scored plenty of goals during his only spell in Spain, with Atletico Madrid, before making the big move to Monaco. A return to Madrid had looked likely after Falcao tweeted #halamadrid, but later confessed to it being a mistake. A knee ligament injury kept him out of the World Cup this summer and has restricted his playing time for Monaco, who have returned to the Champions League this season.
United have reinforced heavily this summer, buying Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind, spending £145 million in the process.
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