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Manchester City join race to sign Radamel Falcao

Apr 4, 2014, 7:44 AM EST

France Soccer League One AP

Last summer AS Monaco splashed the cash to get Radamel Falcao on board, but everyone always thought the Colombian striker might not stay in the principality for too long.

Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and plenty of other super wealthy clubs have been lining up bids for Falcao this season, now Manchester City want in.

According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain met with Falcao’s representatives in Madrid earlier this week with a view to signing the 28-year-old.

Monaco signed Falcao for $75 million from Atletico Madrid at the start of this season, and the lethal striker is currently recovering from an ACL injury which has put his appearance at this summer’s World Cup in jeopardy.

Ask yourself this question: do Man City really need another world class striker? Their answer, probably, ‘you can never have enough.’

With Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo on board, it is hard to see where Falcao will fit in. However Manuel Pellegrini has had to play many games without first-choice striker Aguero this campaign, as the Argentine has played in 28 games and has scored 26 times. Dzeko and Negredo have both been able back ups, with the former netting 20 times for the Citizens and the latter scoring 26 times. However both have gone though lean spells — Negredo has currently gone 11 games without a goal — and the injury-hit start to Jovetic’s career has seen the Citizens looking a little thin up top.

If Falcao decides to switch Ligue 1 contenders Monaco for the Premier League, many thought Chelsea were his favored team. But if City come calling with astronomical wages and match Monaco’s asking price, it will be hard for the Colombian hot-shot to turn down a move to the Etihad. If that does happen, Falcao and Aguero would be one of the deadliest partnerships in world soccer.

Imagine that.

  1. chunkala - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Isn’t this a risky move for a guy coming off major knee surgery? There’s no guarantee that he ever comes back to form. Seems like his price should be a little discounted.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Agreed. It could go either way, these days with the top surgeons he could make a 100% recovery.

      But plenty of players have lost that extra yard of pace after ACL injuries. That’s crucial for a player like Falcao who is a predator in and around the box.

      I’m just hoping he makes it to the World Cup this summer. Too many top names are going to miss out. Tragic.

  2. mckestner - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Does Chelsea really want to take a chance on another world class striker post major knee surgery? Look what happened to Torres.

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