One of the strangest transfer rumours that has emerged over the last few days, with Bleacher Report suggesting that Radamel Falcao might just be heading to Middlesborough.
The club, promoted last season, are looking to add firepower as they look to remain in the top flight and re-establish themselves as one of the top teams in England.
On the surface, the Falcao deal looks an unrealistic one, but if you actually think about it, the deal does make some sense.
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As confirmed in the Bleacher Report, Falcao wants to have another crack at the Premier League.
It’s easy to understand why, as his time so far in England has been largely hampered by injuries and inconsistency.
If he were to head to Middlesborough he would immediately become their star man, giving him the confidence to rebuild his career.
If he is interested in the deal and really wants to get his career on track, this might also cause his wage demands to drop significantly, making him more affordable for the club.
If he truly wants to stay and give the league another go, very few clubs would serve as a better base than Middlesborough
Many fans would say that Falcao is simply past it and that he isn’t worth the investment anymore.
In response to that, you only have to look at Fernando Torres and how he has performed in Spain now he has returned to Atletico Madrid.
He isn’t lighting up the league like he used to, but he has certainly regained some of the form that he once had.
What this shows is that if you are valued and if you are happy, you will return to form given time.
Of course, a lot of that is opportunity; and Falcao would certainly get that at Middlesborough, potentially giving the club valued firepower up front.
Thus far, Falcao’s time in the Premier League has largely been as a secondary or tertiary striker.
At Man United he played behind Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, while at Chelsea he was playing behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy.
At Middlesborough, he likely wouldn’t have a challenge to start every week. If he could stay fit, he would get a run of games in the first-team that he hasn’t had in years.
This would, in theory, allow him the opportunity to recapture some of his best form and reignite his career.
What is also clear is that Monaco do want rid of the striker.
He is eating up a chunk of their wage bill whilst not performing for the club; with Monaco looking to cut spending and change their transfer approach.
This, combined with Falcao’s intent to stay in the Premier League, will be crucial for the financial aspects of the deal.
If Monaco want rid of the striker quickly, they would likely accept a vastly cut price fee. On top of this, if the reports that he does want to stay in the Premier League are true, he would likely also accept reduced wages.
If both of these things happen; this deal could be on.
This could be crucial in getting the deal done.
Jorge Mendes, Falcao’s agent, has enjoyed a good relationship with Middlesborough and their manager Aitor Karanka through his connection with Jose Mourinho.
After spending time as Jose’s assistant in Madrid, Karanka moved on to Middlesborough, and Mourinho looked to his former assistant for potential loan signings – with Mendes brokering a number of the deals.
If Falcao is interested in the deal, and Middlesborough are keen, Mendes will pull out all the stops to make sure this one happens.