Manchester United have agreed a season-long loan deal with Monaco for striker Radamel Falcao. According to Sky sources, a plane was expected to land at Manchester airport yesterday afternoon from Nice, with Falcao on board, as he heads for a medical at Old Trafford ahead of a loan that is worth between £5-6million.
In last 48 hours, the Colombia international’s name has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Manchester City as well as European champions Real Madrid. Real appeared to be favourites to sign Falcao after he tweeted “Hello Madrid” on Saturday --only to delete it not long afterwards, but United now look to have won the race to sign the 28-year-old.
Falcao’s move can be seen as Louis van Gaal’s way of inspiring a team that has yet to win a Premier League game this season, despite the arrival of Angel di Maria, who made his debut in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Burnley. The arrival of Falcao may see Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck leave Old Trafford as Van Gaal makes space in his squad.
Hernandez has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and Welbeck is reported to be wanted by a number of Premier League clubs with Sunderland, Arsenal, Tottenham and Hull City all interested.