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Manchester United DID put downpayment on Falcao claims Balague, but Monaco more likely

Manchester United DID pay a downpayment on Radamel Falcao, Spanish pundit Guillem Balague has confirmed, but a move to the club is looking increasingly less likely.

It's now over a month since Spanish newspaper Marca first claimed Manchester United gave Atletico Madrid a downpayment towards the signature of striking sensation Radamel Falcao, and in that time the football landscape has changed quite dramatically.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has since announced his retirement from his position, but before doing that the Scotsman laughed off the rumours dismissing them out of hand.

Then Falcao was linked to Chelsea as part of the Blues' plans to entice Jose Mourinho, with German newspaper Bild reporting a deal had already been struck, leaving United fans to wonder whatever became of the reports linking them to the Colombian.

Chelsea fans are today wondering similar questions, with French side Monaco seemingly in pole position to secure the striker's signature.

In light of all the confusion, well-known Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague has been trying to clear up the situation, issuing a statement as he understands it on his Sulia page earlier today.

Entitled Falcao, Manchester United, and Monaco, his post confirmed the rumours that United had made an approach for the forward, but also claimed that Monaco are close to sealing the deal.

He wrote: "Despite the payment made by Manchester United for Falcao (which guaranteed them a first option and keep them up to date with any offer that was arriving for the Colombian), Monaco is going to offer both Atletico de Madrid and the player a financial package that, they think, will not be able to be matched by United. They will pay 55 million euros to Atletico, and Manchester United have already said they will not get more involved in the auction."

He went onto state that at the request of Falcao's representatives, a clause in the deal would allow Real Madrid to activate a release clause in his contract, with Los Blancos unable to sign him at present because of a 'no deal' clause between them and rivals Atletico.

He added: "So the United dream of replacing Falcao for Wayne Rooney (who, according to chief scouts in two big European clubs, can still be sold if any of the big clubs want him) is over."

Our analysis is that it's not surprising that United don't want to be drawn into an auction with a club like Monaco which is prepared to offer extra money and wages to compensate for their level of competition, and it could also mean the Red Devils have moved away from their plan to sign Falcao and are committing cash for another expensive signing.

Cristiano Ronaldo anyone?

United fans what do you think of the claims?

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