Radamel Falcao to Manchester United latest: Striker arrives to complete loan deal as Danny Welbeck heads for exit
Colombian will move to Old Trafford subject to a medical
Manchester today agreed a sensational deadline day loan deal for Radamel Falcao, pushing the club’s England striker Danny Welbeck closer to the door.
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Danny Welbeck linked with Manchester United exit after Falcao arrival
The move for Falcao reflects the probability of Louis van Gaal seeing off both Welbeck, who is now likely to leave, and Javier Hernandez, who today joined Real Madrid on loan. Tottenham and Arsenal are contenders for Welbeck.
- Falcao has arrived for medical
- Welbeck on verge of Arsenal move
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a fan of the 23-year-old Welbeck and Spurs have so far missed out on both Salomon Kalou and Loic Remy. Sunderland also have designs on Welbeck though Welbeck, who trained with England at London Colney today, wants a top six club. Welbeck’s representatives declined to discuss the situation with the Evening Standard today.
The £5-6m loan fee United have paid Monaco for Falcao takes their outlay to near £140m, with United's willingness to take on his wages reveals how desperate they are to pay what it takes to return to the top four.
He is likely to become United’s best-paid player unless the club have negotiated a huge cut in his earnings. Falcao is understood to have been commanding over £250,000-a-week at Monaco.
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It is possible that United’s business is not yet complete. An eleventh hour move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal is not beyond the bounds of possibility, strengthening United in the defensive midfield area where they are in need of reinforcement.
The move for the 28-year-old Colombian is clearly an opportunistic, last-minute move by United. Sources at the top of Old Trafford indicated as late as yesterday afternoon that the prospect of further signings in this transfer window was unlikely - after a summer in which more than £130m had been invested in a squad rebuild. United’s Ander Herrera contributed to mounting speculation of a deadline day coup by following Falcao on Twitter.
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United need central defensive and midfield reinforcements more than another striker. But Van Gaal complained after the dismal goalless draw at Burnley on Saturday about Robin van Persie’s slow progress to full fitness.
Some sources in Holland suggest that Van Persie now requires knee ligament surgery and that Van Gaal, who he developed a close relationship with in the Dutch national set-up, persuaded him to delay an operation until after the World Cup. That would be a reason for the opportunistic offer to Falcao, whose deal to Real Madrid had fallen through.
Though City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain spent time at Monaco around the Champions League on Thursday discussing the offer of Falcao, which City received last week, the £20m cost of a loan move, let alone a £60m purchase, is almost certainly beyond the Premier League champions.
They will succeed in getting Micah Richards off the pay roll – the Englishman is heading on loan to Fiorentina – and both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are interested in Manuel Pellegrini’s fourth-choice central defender Matija Nastasic. His sale would bring in £10m. But there would not have been any substantial deadline day income to enable City to sign Falcao, who Begiristain does like and would have signed last summer.
Negredo’s move to Valencia will only be a loan deal at a time when he is out with a broken foot, so money will only be recouped next summer when City would expect that to firm into a permanent deal. The striker is desperate to return to Spain.
Pellegrini complained on Monday night that he only had three strikers, with Negredo out injured. He also had worries about the recent injury history of Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic. But David Silva and Samir Nasri can both operate a No 10s, supporting a loan striker.
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