So far United have not been linked with a move for the Colombian like their Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea. However in light of Atletico Madrid's apparent interest in Javier Hernandez could that be about to change?
Radamel Falcao is possibly the most wanted footballer in the world right now after an impressive European career at Porto and now in Spain with Atletico Madrid. The Colombian has been one of the continent’s most prolific goalscorer’s in recent years and that has left him on the verge of a potential exit from the Vicente Calderon.
Considering that Atletico are currently not meeting the criteria for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play measures due to their outstanding debts the need to sell is also apparent; with a price of €50 million being bandied around as a rough quotation.
Teams such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with a move for the marksman while this week the team strongly linked with his signing has been French outfit Paris Saint-Germain after the striker spoke of the exciting project underway at Les Parisiens.
However one big team that have remained absent from any transfer talk in relation to Falcao has been Manchester United. With Borussia Dortmund front-man Robert Lewandowski believed to be their long-term transfer target a move for the Pole seems far more likely in the summer.
However could all that be about to change with the reports on Tuesday that Los Colchoneros see a Manchester United player as the long-term replacement for Falcao and the apparently Arsenal bound Adrian Lopez.
Javier Hernandez is being earmarked as the player wanted by Diego Simeone to replace the outgoing talisman if he makes a move to PSG or Chelsea in the summer. Using a small sum of the proceeds it is believed that Atleti could get the Mexican for somewhere in the region of £15 million. For Chicarito it would give him the opportunity to be first choice striker for a top La Liga side; not to mention the joy of working and playing in a habitual language environment.
Despite being an obvious threat in front of goal Fergie has tended to use his talents sparingly; often as an impact sub and when it came to picking a player for the Liverpool fixture last weekend he opted for Danny Welbeck in the absence of Wayne Rooney.
Surely Fergie will consider the option of aborting a move for Lewandowski, who is also on the radar of Juventus, and going in to battle for Falcao in light of these potential revelations. United could knock a considerable amount of capital off the price with Chicharito thrown into the deal as a sweetener and having a front quartet of Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Falcao and Danny Welbeck would look like a Champions League winning formula in the making.
Could Chicarito be used as bait for a deal with Atletico Madrid for Falcao?
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