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Reports: Manchester United nearing cut-price loan for Falcao

Sep 1, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT

Falcao AP

According to reports across the board this morning, Manchester United are going to snatch a Deadline Day steal.

Our first major news of the big day says Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal are close to securing Monaco world class striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan in a deal that reportedly will cost the team just $9 million.

Personal terms are yet to be agreed to, according to the reports, suggesting that $9 million is a fee and that United will likely be covering all of Falcao’s wages as well. It’s yet unclear if the move includes an option to buy at the end of the loan.

The deal is also hinging on a medical being completed, not necessarily a given when you think back to Falcao’s torn ACL that caused him to miss the World Cup despite a speedy recovery.

Manchester United’s needs are mostly defensively at this point, with van Gaal’s preferred 3-at-the-back formation falling on hard times at Old Trafford due to a lack of personnel able to grasp the system.  However, given an opportunity to secure such a high-quality striker at such a low cost, it’s almost a no-brainer for the club.

The move would also allow Falcao to partner with Robin van Persie, moving Wayne Rooney back into an attacking midfield, Number 10 role which he excels at.

The deal is most shocking from Monaco’s point of view, who played hard-to-get with Falcao all summer and now look to be getting hardly anything from the deal.  It also makes one wonder why, with such a need for striker, teams like Arsenal and Juventus didn’t snatch at the opportunity as well.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    It’s a done deal. Below is LVG formation going forward.

    Van Persie. Falcao


    Di Maria. Mata. Januzaj





    • Ian's Rushtache - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM


      Stupid WordPress doesn’t keep the format to show the formation. I wasted all that time meticulously counting spaces. It’s ok. Any effort to mock United, even if it’s in vain, is well worth it.

      • lordfletcher - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Yawn. ^

        Great move and a rather unexpected one for Man Utd. With the lack of scoring so far (multiple areas of weakness), with Welbeck potentially gone and RVP more than likely continuing to be injured… Can’t help but love this move… And that Falcao was more than likely going to your rivals.

        Well played Woodward.

    • bellerophon30 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Assuming this story is true……..and the price suggests that it’s pure rumor……I like the formation you have laid out, except that I’d suggest perhaps Carrick/Fletcher instead of Januzaj. I think they need another ball controller in there at that spot, especially given the three defender set-up which hasn’t proven to work yet at U.

      But like Kyle, I have to wonder what Monaco is getting out of this deal. And why are they sabotaging their Champions League campaign before it even starts? I mean, no one thinks that they can win it, but second place in the group isn’t out of the question. Strange.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Does Falcao just really not want to play in the CL?

  3. geejon - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    If the stories regarding RVP requiring surgery are true, you can’t help but compliment United on the deal. Arsenal fans must going crazy right now.

    Still expecting United to do some business to address the midfield. If they don’t finally agree to a Vidal deal, they’ll likely make a Band-Aid type move like De Jong until Strootman is fit in January.

  4. alainmoise - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Reblogged this on The Truth in numbers and commented:
    NO WORDS!1

  5. some1kj - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Wenger, where the heck are you? You let Balotelli slip out of your hands, you let Falcao slip, you let Remy slip, they all gone to your competitors, and you say there are no quality players available! What a joke! How about going for Cavani….. Arsenal are destined for a miserable season based current staff, definitely will not make the top 4, and may not even get out of the CL group stage.

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