Manchester United have signed one of the hottest properties in world football on loan as they try to improve a squad yet to win this season. Radamel Falcao will join Louis Van Gal’s men from Monaco for the remainder of the season with an option to buy at the end.
So why should United fans be excited? Well, a quick look at the Columbian striker’s resume will explain. Falcao made his professional debut aged just 13, scoring his first goal at just 14 in the second tier of Colombian football.
In 2005 he signed for Argentine giants River Plate scoring 34 goals in 90 games before moving to Portuguese side Porto where he spent two years, scored a stunning 91 goals in 72 games and won the league title and UEFA Europa League.
By 2011 Falcao was commanding the attention of the best club in the world and when he moved to Atletico Madrid that year it was for a fee fitting of his talents, €40 million. During his two years in Spain the Columbian continued his extraordinary goal scoring record netting 91 times in just 70 games. That year Madrid won the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and Falcao scored a memorable hat trick as his side beat Chelsea to life the Europa Super Cup.
He signed for Monaco in May 2013 for a fee believed to be in region of €60 million with an astonishing annual pay packet reported to be €18.2million. However, a serious knee injury in late January 2014 ended the 28 year olds season early and ruled him out of the World Cup.
The Columbian joins a troubled Man United side who have claimed just two points in three games in the Premier League and crashed out of the League Cup after a 4-0 thrashing to League two side MK Dons.
For Old Trafford fans it’s an exciting acquisition, he is undoubtedly a prolific goal scorer and, should he stay fit, could make a large contribution to the team this season. However, many of the United faithful will be concerned that, at this point at least, their side has done nothing to stop the problems in defense and midfield that have so plagued them in their opening games.
The move has already had a knock on effect on the United squad, Mexican Javier Hernandez has joined Real Madrid on loan till the end of the season and it is rumoured that Danny Welbeck could be on the move before the end of the day as well.
The window closes at 11pm UK time (6pm ET).