Radamel Falcao ‘turned down City’ this summer - Who faced the exit?

According to a report in Spain, Monaco's Radamel Falcao turned down a move to Manchester City this summer, so who may have moved to make way for him?

Spanish newspaper AS claims Radamel Falcao has turned down the chance of moving to the Premier League this summer, with Real Madrid his preferred destination.

The former Atletico Madrid man was heavily linked with a switch to the Bernabeu almost as soon as his shock £50million move to Monaco went through 12 months ago. But the latest report claims the player is so keen on a move to the European champions that he has turned down both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur already this summer.

A move to Spurs was always unlikely, given that Falcao is sure to want Champions League football if and when he does leave Ligue 1. But with City being able to offer him just that, the question is if Manuel Pellegrini’s side really did make an offer to the Colombian, who were they willing to part with?

The introduction of Financial Fair Play and City’s recent punishment for breaching said rules means they are likely to be very careful in the future when it comes to incomings and outgoings. But that does not mean a move for Falcao was out of the question, only that his arrival would surely have been pre-empted by a headline departure or two.

The most likely of those could well have been Yaya Toure, who would generate a considerable transfer fee and release a substantial amount of money in terms of freed-up wages.

And had Falcao arrived, at least one front-man would have made way, with rumours suggesting Alvaro Negredo could already be set for a return to Spain and Stevan Jovetic failing to make an impact at the Etihad thus far.

Of course this is simply speculation, but if City were willing to spend big on Falcao it seems they were already preparing for the departure of some of their biggest names – players who may still be coming to the end of their time at the Blues if Pellegrini can find suitable alternatives.

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