Manchester United are set to battle it out with Manchester City and Chelsea for the signature of Radamel Falcao.
Today’s newspapers are full of the story with the Daily Mail claiming that Javier Hernandez could join Atletico Madrid in a player plus cash deal, while the Daily Mirror say that Falcao’s arrival could force Wayne Rooney out of United.
Falcao is rated at around £50m and has a buyout clause in his contract of £47m. He has scored 28 goals in 33 games this season and his goals have almost certainly fired Atletico into the next season’s Champions League. They also have a chance of finishing above rivals Real Madrid for the first time in 17 years.
The Mail say that United value Hernandez at £20m and are ready to offer him to Atletico plus £27m cash for the Columbian striker. The Mirror claim that preliminary talks have already taken place between United and Atletico.
Hernandez and Rooney both have good records
Hernandez hasn’t had as much game time as he would have liked since the arrival of top scorer Robin van Persie. However, he has been ready whenever he has been called upon and has contributed with 16 goals in 28 games.
Sir Alex Ferguson had denied Rooney would be leaving Old Trafford earlier in the season but the rumours won’t go away. The Mirror report that Paris Saint Germain are monitoring the situation and could make a £30m bid for the England striker.
Rooney is perceived to have had a poor season by his own high standards although he has scored 16 goals in 31 games for his club.
United fans would be sorry to see either player leave and it would surely be a big gamble for Ferguson. While there is little doubt that City and Chelsea need a star striker, Falcao could upset the smooth running of the United team much like Veron did just over a decade ago.
Also while Falcao has certainly shown how deadly he is in front of goal in Spain, he is untested in the Premier League, unlike Rooney and Hernandez.