The director general of Italian giants Juventus has made the sensational claim that Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao only had eyes on a move to the Serie A champions in the summer, according to the Daily Star.
Speaking to Rai TV, Beppe Marotta suggested that Falcao was ready for a move to Juventus and that a deal was close to completion, only for United to trump them at the last minute with a more financially lucrative offer to take him to the Premier League.
“We were really close to getting Falcao,” Marotta told the television channel.
“We followed him and there was contact. The player’s preference was to move to Italy but then Manchester United emerged with their spending power and the move failed.”
The Colombian hitman joined the Red Devils on transfer deadline day in a £6million loan deal, and United also have the option to buy him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Falcao has so far netted once for Louis van Gaal’s side in the 2-1 victory over Everton earlier this month, and although he missed Sunday’s draw with Chelsea through injury, he is expected to be fit for this weekend’s Manchester derby.