Radamel Falcao’s father has revealed that Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City were all interested in signing the striker this summer.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Falcao senior praised his son’s new club Manchester United, but also revealed that things could have worked out very differently.
“Manchester United is the most important team in England and one of the most economically powerful,” he said.
United completed a season-long loan deal for the 28-year-old for a reported £6million, while there is talk that Louis van Gaal’s side could ultimately sign the AS Monaco forward on a permanent deal for around €65million.
But other clubs were also said to be interested, as revealed by the player’s father.
“Juventus, Manchester City and Liverpool were all interested,” he said. “Arsenal also approached late.”
While we may never know the truth regarding what went on behind the scenes in the moments before Falcao completed his move to United, City were heavily linked with him and surely would have taken him if they could.
Similarly, Arsenal have been linked with a quality front-man all summer and their fans would have loved to see Falcao at the Emirates Stadium. And while Liverpool secured a cut-price deal for Mario Balotelli, Falcao would have surely been a very welcome addition at Anfield following the departure of Luis Suarez.
But the only thing we know for certain is that Falcao is now a United player, and the other clubs linked with him must prepare to do battle with him, rather than utilise him as they may have hoped.