Manchester United chasing Radamel Falcao – Loan deal?

Manchester United are set to take their summer spree close to the £200 million mark with reports claiming that the club are on the brink of a stunning deal for Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian superstar has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks with Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid, not to mention Liverpool all linked with a deal.

However according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the player’s finals destination will be Old Trafford.

Balague tweeted that United are set to pay €65 million for Falcao with the player set to earn €9 million net per annum in wages, with the news coming via a colleague, Javier Matallanas.

Falcao has been sending out mixed messages over the weekend as to his future whereabouts, tweeting first that he was destined for Madrid before deleting the message. He then went on a Manchester City follow spree on twitter before moving onto Instragram where he decided to follow Manchester United players.

The Monaco striker is keen to leave Ligue 1 despite making the move just 12 months ago and his signing would represent something of a coup for United especially with no Champions league football on the table.

Manchester City were the favourites last night to snap up the forward after reports emerged they were offloading Alvaro Negredo to free up funds however while the former Seville striker is still poised to leave the Etihad, it would appear that Falcao will not be his replacement barring a last ditch attempt by the club.

Balague claimed that Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal is keen on a deal as doubts persist over Robin Van Persie’s ability to last the season, and if the deal is agreed it would come just days after United splashed out £59.7 million for Angel di Maria, the former Real Madrid winger.

The club have made a slow start to the season drawing failing to win their first four games. The club lost to MK Dons in the Capital One cup a result that came hot on the heels of a defeat to Swansea and a draw with Sunderland. Last time out they drew a blank with Burnley.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.