Falcao on Loan to UnitedJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
After much speculation Manchester United have won the bidding war for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao having signed him on a one-season loan deal from Monaco.
Falcao, who is en route to Manchester to take a medical, is one of the most talked about players of this transfer window. He joined the Monaco side in May last year and has scored 11 goals across his 20 appearances.
The Ligue 1 side had received interest from several of the UK’s top clubs including Arsenal and United rivals Manchester City. Other European clubs that had been linked with Falcao include Juventus and Real Madrid.
Rumours spread like wildfire on Saturday after Falcao’s official Twitter account commented: “Dream come true #halamadrid.” The tweet was later deleted and claimed by Falcao himself to have been a fake.
The United deal is said to include an additional option to buy the striker after his season-long loan period is up, with a purchase price set at £43.5 million.
Louis van Gaal is coming under increasing pressure to boost United’s performance, especially in the wake of the team’s miserable start to the season, the nadir of which was a humiliating 4-0 reverse to MK Dons.
Other signings made by the Manchester United boss during the transfer window include defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, midfielder Ander Herrera and forward Angel Di Maria.
It is also expected that defender Daley Blind will soon be confirmed as the club’s latest acquisition after a £13.8 million fee was agreed with Ajax.
Other Transfer Deadline Day News:
Danny Welbeck is thought to be set to leave Old Trafford today, with several clubs showing interest in the England forward. Whilst Spurs are the current favourites in the bidding, other clubs are still in the running including West Ham, Sunderland, Monaco and Juventus.
It’s also possible that Van Gaal will make a last minute bid for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong. The Dutch player could be picked up for just £8 million but the United boss will need to shift several players today before making the signing.