Once the stuff of dreams for anyone old enough to remember the dark days of League One football at Maine Road, the Express is reporting that the Etihad club could set to hijack Real Madrid’s deal to sign the Colombian forward.
According to the report, the transfer has hit something of a roadblock after Real opted to refocus their efforts on Falcao’s teammate and compatriot James Rodriguez.
The 23-year-old was the undoubted star of the World Cup in Brazil, scoring six goals to take home the Golden Boot award while in truth he was unlucky not to also receive the Golden Ball for the tournament’s top player.
Those fine summer showings have proved enough to convince Los Galacticos to pursue a big-money deal for the player, with their previously-proposed bid for Falcao seemingly put on the backburner.
And with City boss Manuel Pellegrini in no mood to fall into the same trap Roberto Mancini did after winning the Premier League title, Falcao could be the ideal addition.
Signing a player of Falcao’s quality would therefore be a clear sign of intent from the Manchester club and could also help them take some of the pressure of strikers like Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero.
Negredo has looked shorn of confidence in recent months and the introduction of reinforcements in the final third could help take some of the pressure off the Spaniard.
For Aguero, meanwhile, another striker could allow the Argentine to take some much-needed time off in a bid to shake-off the injuries that have previously threatened to derail not only his season by City’s entire campaign.
Any potential deal remains some way off but don’t rule out seeing Falcao at Eastlands soon.