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Ferguson denies Man Utd are set to sign Falcao

Apr 14, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao is seen during the Spanish first division soccer match against Valencia at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid Reuters

Falcao to Manchester United? Not so fast.

After the Spanish paper Marca reported that the Atletico Madrid striker was on his way to Old Trafford this summer, the rumor mill was grinding at high speed. But when asked about it by reporters ahead of his team’s game against Stoke City today, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was, shall we say, a tad dismissive.

“Do you honestly believe that? Really? It does amaze me that you come up with that one,” he said.

But as ideas go, it’s not so stupid. After all, which club wouldn’t want the 27-year-old Colombian? He’s merely one of the best strikers on our planet.

With 22 goals from 27 starts in the Spanish league this season, only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are more prolific in La Liga. Atletico are third in the standings but it’s impossible to imagine them seriously challenging for the domestic title or the Champions League in the next couple of years.

Atletico would want a transfer fee in the region of $50-70 million for Falcao, but United have supersub Javier Hernandez whom they could offer in part-exchange.

Anyway, United fans can stop fantasizing about an attacking trio of Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney – it’s not going to happen. We can trust the man who told the press in 2009 that he wouldn’t sell Real Madrid “a virus” shortly before Ronaldo packed his bags for the Bernabeu, right?



  1. dfstell - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    It’s fun to talk about, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense just because United shouldn’t have a need at striker.

    The only way it makes much sense to me if is SAF thinks that he’s gotten massively lucky this season. Maybe he thinks that RVP is 29 what we’ve seen from him recently is more likely the true story than what we saw in the fall. Maybe he thinks Rooney doesn’t take good enough care of his body and is on the downslope. Maybe he thinks Chicarito only works as a supersub and why keep a supersub if someone will pay you $20+MM. Maybe he thinks Welbeck will never be a good finisher.

    If he thought all of those things, then maybe he blows up the squad this summer and someone like Falcao makes sense.

  2. bellerophon30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    You make a good point actually, a lot of them. Rooney works hard on the pitch, but won’t take care of himself……..RVP has had two healthy seasons in a row, which has never happened, isn’t he due?……..Welbeck sometimes seems as though he’s better suited to fullback, which isn’t necessarily a dig…….Chicharito does seem best suited NOT to be starting………Powell is still just a kid……..Kagawa seems a bit fragile for the EPL, though in a deep team like MU that can be hidden.


    But Falcao is never going to ManU for the simple reason that the Glazers will never cough up that much money for one player. After all, they don’t need someone to sell tickets, their brand is already top tier both at home and abroad. Ferguson knows that, and thus won’t bother. He’ll instead count on at least three of his striker options to be on form and healthy at a time (not yet counting Powell) and use whatever transfer money he has to burnish up the squad depth.


    They get a good price for Nani this summer, and are able to flip Chicharito in the Falcao deal, and Falcao doesn’t demand wages in excess of Rooney’s (which would put WR into another funk). Yes, then it could happen.

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