Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has been in the news in the last couple of days.
On Wednesday, The Daily Mail published an interview with the Colombia international’s father Radamel, who spoke of his English roots and failure to get his son a British passport when he was a kid.
‘I’m proud of my English blood,’ he said. ‘My grandfather was English and also a sportsman... He (Falcao) was probably about 13 so I went down to the embassy thinking that a British passport would help him with a move to Europe. Unfortunately it got rejected’.
And then came an even more startling revelation on Thursday. Widely considered the world’s deadliest striker and the best when fit, Falcao would have cost just £3 million seven years ago.
‘Seven years old ago, I called Bordeaux about Falcao’. Sport Witness quotes Yvan Le Mee as telling So Foot. ‘I was told he was not big enough, not strong enough... It was for about $5 million, Monaco then paid €60 million in 2013'.
French football agent Yvan Le Mee apparently failed to convince Bordeaux of the quality of Falcao, who moved to Europe in 2009 and has since become arguably the most consistent goalscorer.
After two successful years at Portuguese giants FC Porto, the 28-year-old joined Atletico Madrid and then AS Monaco in the summer of 2013 for a reported transfer fee of £50 million.
United signed Falcao on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day with the option to make it permanent next summer, but one wonders whether the Premier League outfit would have taken the striker had they been offered for a price of £3m seven years ago...