Manchester United have emerged as forerunners to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco, as they look to secure a season-long loan deal for the Colombian international, reports the Telegraph. The deal could cost the Old Trafford club up to £20 million for 12 months, including the striker’s wages.
Falcao had been most heavily tipped to join either Manchester City or Arsenal should he move to the Premier League, but the forward looks to have chosen a spot within the Louis Van Gaal revolution ahead of a move to The Etihad or the Emirates.
The 28 year old is expected to fly to Manchester to undertake a medical examination at United, and then officially sign for the club before the transfer window closes at 23:00 on Monday. Should the deal be finalised, then Falcao will become the 5th new recruit made since Van Gaal joined the club, behind Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria.
The Colombian international could find a starting position on the red half of Manchester a little difficult to come by, however. The Red Devils already have Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie within their ranks, whilst the futures of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are still uncertain. Falcao will expect to play regularly, but that could mean another change in Van Gaal’s formation.