Radamel Falcao has revealed that he was talking to Manchester United months before completing his deadline day loan switch, suggesting that he was not a last minute purchase.
The Colombian forward stole all of the headlines on the last day of the transfer window just gone as he completed a season-long switch to Old Trafford from Monaco.
Moves to Real Madrid, Liverpool or Arsenal were mooted for Falcao over the course of the weeks before the clock ticked past the deadline, rendering his transfer to United a shock.
Some have suggested that the 28-year-old was a last minute panic buy for the Red Devils – who has smashed the British transfer record a matter of days before to land Angel di Maria – but the player himself is adamant that the deal had been bubbling away for some time:
“I am very proud to be at Manchester United,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“We have been in talks with the club for some months and, in the end, we were able to reach an agreement with Monaco on the last day of the transfer deadline.”
Falcao is set to compete with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for a starting spot in Louis van Gaal’s XI, in what is, arguably, the most dangerous set of attacking options in the Premier League.
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