Manchester United will bring Monaco striker Radamel Falcao to Old Trafford on season-long loan, subject to the Colombian passing a medical. The 28-year-old has been linked with an exit from the principality and it was thought Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Chelsea were leading the chase for him. However, Falcao, who joined Monaco from Atlético Madrid in may 2013 for $83 million, is now on his way to Manchester to finalize the deal and is expected to land in a few hours.
Falcao has, so fark netted 11 goals in 20 appearances for Monaco, but he missed a large part of last season, as well as the World Cup finals in Brazil, following a serious knee injury. The deal will come as a surprise to many. Although United have struggled since the start of the new campaign, most of their problems have been in defense and midfield.
There had been rumors Falcao was set to jettison Monaco for European champions Real after a comment on his official Twitter account read: “Dream come true #halamadrid”. It was subsequently erased. Soon after, Falcao refuted the story and claimed he had not posted the tweet.
Speculation that Falcao would leave gathered even stronger momentum when he was dropped for the weekend fixture against Lille. It was simply a case of where, not if, he was going. Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger was expected to secure Falcao after Olivier Giroud picked up a long-term injury, but it is understood the Gunners refused to pay anywhere near what the player wanted in wages. Wenger was subject to harsh criticism from his own fans during the 1-1 draw against Leicester City yesterday, as they screamed at him for not signing another striker.
United will reportedly pay Monaco $8 million and Falcao $9 million for the duration of the contract, with an option to sign the player on a permanent deal once the deal expires. Either way, Falcao is almost certainly going to leave Monaco at the end of his loan spell, as he looks for a bigger challenge than what Ligue 1 has offered him.
Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is said to have preferred a loan deal ahead of a permanent one, so that Falcao could prove his fitness after such major surgery. Nevertheless, United have already started to make space for the player by allowing Javier Hernández to join Real Madrid, also on a season-long loan deal. Danny Welbeck could also be on the move, having been linked with moves to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton.
Van Gaal is also keen to sign one more defender before the window closes tonight, but he has been told by Borussia Dortmund that Mats Hummels is still not for sale. With Marcos Rojo still waiting for a work permit and Luke Shaw nursing an injury, United are still light in defense. Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have looked shaky trying to adapt to van Gaal’s back three formation. The transfer window still has a few hours to go before it closes and no doubt a lot more business will be completed. Right now, the big story of deadline day is Manchester United have agreed a deal with Monaco to bring Falcao to Old Trafford.
Commentary by Robert Shepherd