You can tell that the transfer window is coming to a close on Monday; with each hour that passes another rumour begins to spread. On Saturday morning Sky Sports Italian correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio sent out a tweet suggesting that Manchester City have entered the race for AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian forward cost Monaco €64 million 12 months ago as they tried to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title. In the end they finished nine points behind in second place and this summer has seen serious doubts emerge regarding the future project at the club.
James Rodriguez, another summer signing 12 months ago, left for Real Madrid in an €80 million after the World Cup and it helped spark the rumours that Falcao would be next to leave the Monegasque club.
With the Financial Fair Play sanctions that Manchester City broke last season limiting the business they can realistically do this summer. The signings of Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna’s large contract after signing on a free would make a permanent move impossible, but the prospect of a loan move could make the deal a reality.
It had recently been mentioned that Monaco would accept a €20 million fee to sanction a loan move for Falcao, with a deal in place for the forward to sign permanently next summer. This would give the Ligue 1 side the money to and space in the squad to strengthen before the end of the transfer window.
The window shuts at midnight on Monday September 1, and with Monaco set to play Lille at 4 P.M local time, it would likely see any medical or talks not able to start until Sunday. It will be very interesting to see if Falcao is now part of Leandro Jardim’s starting XI for Saturday’s game at the Stade Louis II.
His exclusion, after starting his first game of the season against Nantes last weekend, would surely signal the end to his time in Ligue 1. The Colombian is still recovering to full fitness after his cruciate ligament injury in January in a Coupe de France match.
Jardim has been slowly introducing the forward into the early season matches, and with Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero, Manuel Pellegrini would be able to make sure Falcao was back to 100 per cent before unleashing him on Premier League defences.