For years it seemed that it was just a matter of time before Radamel Falcao joined Real Madrid from current club AS Monaco this summer. The Colombian is still in the process of negotiating his was out of the principality before tomorrows deadline, but just who the striker will ultimately join has come more and more into question in recent days.
Madrid were the clear favorites for a long time, but progressively teams like Juventus and Arsenal came into the picture. Now, in recent days, the most serious of contenders to Madrid has seemingly entered the fray, Manchester City. City already have an abundance of options in attack, but with rumors suggesting Alvaro Negrado could be joining Spanish side Valencia, the door could be about to open for Falcao to potentially join Manuel Pellegrini‘s team.
For their part, Madrid seem to be closing in on Javier Hernandez of Manchester United, which is a move that makes more sense for Los Blancos than does the move for Falcao. Karim Benzema is the current number one striker at Madrid and signing Falcao would just complicate that situation more than anything — Hernandez would be much more content as a second option than either Benzema or Falcao would be.
On top of that, Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, is already trying to juggle the options he has with the plethora of attackers he already has at his disposal. Falcao would simply provide a problem to be solved in Madrid, rather than a solution to anything. Still, things like that don’t usually deter Madrid from signing anybody. But whether the Hernandez to Madrid rumors are actually true, and whether they end Madrid’s interest in Falcao, is yet to be seen.
If that is the case, though, then surely only time would then be City’s biggest opposition to completing the Falcao deal? The money involved in signing Falcao is substantial whether for a permanent transfer or just for a loan deal, and it is difficult to believe that either Arsenal or Juventus would be willing to operate at that kind of monetary level — especially with Arsenal having spent around £30m on Alexis Sanchez this summer already.
With transfer sagas like this, though, you never really know if another club might suddenly emerge from the woodwork. Does Hernandez’s exit, Danny Welbeck‘s potential exit and Robin Van Persie possibly requiring knee surgery bring United into the market for a top striker themselves? You would have to think so — certainly a striker in some way, shape or form.
And with all the current questions surrounding Falcao and the clubs who could actually afford a deal for the Colombian hitman, it will make for interesting viewing over the next 24 hours or so. There is no guarantee where Falcao will finally end up, or who will be the next to jump to the front of the queue, but there is guaranteed to still be twists and turns to come.
Some of the biggest clubs are competing to sign one of the very best strikers in the world, and they’re doing so not only against each other, but also against the clock, and that’s why Falcao is set to be the biggest story on transfer deadline day, no matter where he eventually may end up.