Manchester United Sign Radamel Falcao On Season-Long Loan

In one of the more dramatic deadline day deals in recent history, Manchester United have signed Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco to a season-long loan for a reported fee of £6 million. The 28-year-old reportedly earns £300,000-a-week, but United will not be expected to cover the full amount.

News of a deal between the two European clubs emanated from South America late Sunday night/early Monday morning.

At first, speculation was the clubs had agreed to a £52 million fee for the Colombia international, who would then join the twenty-time champions of England on a four-year contract. But it appears that news was premature, as the clubs have agreed to a season-long loan with Manchester United holding an option to buy the striker outright next season.

Falcao is reportedly flying into England to have a medical and finalize the transfer later this afternoon.

United were able to fight off league rivals Arsenal and Manchester City to the Colombia international’s signature, with reports believing Arsenal were the player’s third choice behind both Manchester clubs.

In the end, City lost out to United because they were unable to put together a satisfactory offer for Falcao due to the club’s financial fair play restrictions. The reigning Premier League champions had been trying to offload players to reduce wages from their balance sheet. But the club needed to sell three to four players (in less than 24 hours) to have a chance at meeting Falcao’s asking price and were just unable to make that happen.

Also, despite the fact that the club is facing a year (perhaps two) without Champions League football, United’s chances of signing Falcao greatly increased with the arrival of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.

The Argentina international is a world class talent and players want to play alongside of him. But Di Maria’s agent is also Jorge Mendes…who happens to represent Falcao.

Although many believed Manchester United were in the market for a midfielder or a defender, once word of Falcao’s availability began to make the rounds this weekend, the club could not resist an opportunity to sign one of the best strikers in the world.

Also, there are reports in the English press speculating that Robin van Persie may be forced to the sidelines for an extended period of time because of a persistent knee injury which requires surgery.

With Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on his way to Real Madrid and Danny Welbeck rumored to be choosing between suitors, manager Louis van Gaal gave United officials the green light to pursue the signing of Falcao in order to amplify his side’s strike force.

Once the signing of Falcao is complete, the 28-year-old will become United’s sixth signing of the summer. He will join Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind in Louis van Gaal’s new-look squad.

Falcao joined AS Monaco for a reported fee of £48 million in May 2013, signing a five-year contract with the French club. The striker would score 11 goals last season during an injury-shortened campaign. But he and fellow-Colombia international James Rodriguez would help lead Les Rouges et Blancs to Champions League qualification.

Prior to his time in France, Falcao spent two seasons at Atletico Madrid where he scored 52 goals in 68 appearances; while leading the Spanish side to the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and Europa League title.

He spent the previous two seasons at Porto, scoring 41 goals during his brief career with the Portuguese giants. Falcao was the focal point for the Porto side which won two Taca de Portugals and Portuguese Super Cups; as well as a Primeira Liga and Europa League title.

23 thoughts on “Manchester United Sign Radamel Falcao On Season-Long Loan”

  1. I hope this is a typo and Utd have signed Rodney Falcao, Radamel’s brother who is a world class defender.
    Van Gaal is obviously happy that Jonny Evans and Phil Jones were able to defend against Burnley’s world renowned strikers.
    This signing is a clear indicator that RVP is crocked though.

  2. Here’s the projected scorelines for the rest of Utd’s games:
    7-6,9-8,8-7,and so on.
    Don’t defend, just score one more than the other teams.

    1. Considering that Blind, Rojo and Shaw have yet to play in a competitive match for Manchester United, I think it is fair to say that the jury is still out on their defense being quite as bad as everyone says.

      Yes, they need a high quality CB. Yes, they need a stronger DM. At the same time, they also addressed some spots of weakness with Di Maria and Falcao — RVP hasn’t been himself for a while now.

  3. To spend this much money and you still start Evans and Jones is asinine. Talk about throwing mud on the wall to see what sticks.

  4. If Utd sell Welbeck, combined with the loss (for lack of a better word) of Hernandez, this is actually a fantastic signing. Welbeck should bring in 10-15 mil. Sign up a solid central defender by days end and they are definitely in top three contention.

  5. The rumor is that RVP needs knee surgery and with Welbeck, and Hernandez, a a new striker was needed.
    If RVP doesn’t need knee surgery then I don’t understand having Rooney, RVP, and Falcao.
    I’d much prefer a CB at this point but I can’t think of a good CB available at this point. It’d be better for us to not buy a CB if they’re only stop gaps.
    Woodward might lose his job by the end of the season. He hasn’t signed the Central Defenders that LVG has asked for so I’m guessing he’ll be put under pressure by the Glazers or at least the board.
    He’s not doing the football side of his job but he’s cutting the commercial deals to keep us in the ring with the other financial heavyweights but record breaking Kit Deals don’t win games.

  6. I think it’s a great signing and while our defense does need some tending to, it will take a while to rebuild our squad. I have faith in LVG for that.

    1. We brought in the highest revenue of all the English sides last year and have for years now sonaturally we should have the most money to spend out of all the English sides.
      How are we ruining the game?
      It’s not like a Sheik came to United and started throwing cash around like it’s nothing.
      If the Sheik took out all of his money from City the club would end up even worse than Portsmouth.
      I can’t respect a non self sustaining club.
      The common excuse is there’s no way to compete at the top without a major investor which is hogwash.
      Dortmund have built there own team and made the UCL final a few years ago yet they have no big investor yet they’re still a bigger force in Europe than City.
      Atletico Madrid have won the Europa league twice in the last 4 years, made the Champions league final by beating Chelsea and Barcelona , and they won La Liga this year despite the massive financial deficit they face against Real and Barcelona partly due to TV rights. They have no large investor so what does that say about the argument that only the traditional clubs win the titles and the only way to compete with teams is to have a large investor. A good coach and a smart CEO like Zorc at Dortmund can get you far.
      Of course teams that are up and coming will lose players but as long as suitable replacements come in the club can retain relevancy and in turn boost it’s reputation.
      Dortmund have kept themselves financially responsible and even though they’ve been finishing behind Bayern more and more players want to join Dortmund and they’re global brand is slowly being built up.
      If City didn’t have a rich owner wouldn’t Spurs and Everton be perpetual Champions league teams???
      Would Bale have left Spurs if he was guaranteed at least 6 Champions league games a year?
      City coming in has effected the clubs in 4-7 more than anything. They’d all be in it and who knows what those clubs would have done with the extra money and the recognition the Champions league would get them.
      Remind how any league titles City have compared to United again?
      We don’t need to talk about Europe because it’s not like City have been relevant on the continent either.

    2. Typical city loser talking about what he doesn’t understand. We were able to buy Falcao well withing FFP. You weren’t because of your over bloated squad.

  7. It’s not a panacea for the club but it’s a clever piece of business. Looking forward to Keegan’s Newcastle type score lines.

    1. He scored 50+ goals in two seasons in La Liga and knocked three past Chelsea in one half of the UEFA Super Cup. I think he’ll score goals in the Premier League.

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