According to the Independent, Manchester City are ready to swoop in and sign Radamel Falcao if Manchester United opt against paying Monaco the £44 million asking price to take the Colombian striker on a permanent basis this summer.
The 28-year-old, who according to the Mirror is costing United £265,000-a-week, is currently back at full-fitness and desperate to prove himself to manager Louis van Gaal but is currently falling short of his huge expectations.
This season, despite spending the majority of it out through injury, the former Atletico Madrid striker has managed score three Premier League goals in 13 appearances - eight of which were from the start.
The record, while not eye-watering, does at least show that even in a disrupted season in a new country he can still prove his worth at the top end of the table. So, it can come as little surprise Manual Pellegrini is reportedly interested in taking him on for next season.
If the transfer were to go through as suggested by the Independent, it would be eerily similar to Carlos Tevez’s move to the Blue side of Manchester in 2009.
Although the Argentine was at United for two seasons, rather than one, he was touted to sign a long-term deal with the Red Devils, according to the Guardian, but swiftly made the shock move to City, where he went on to help win their first Premier League title in 2011-12.
While Falcao may not have had the impact in England Tevez had before making his move, if United do opt against signing the Colombian forward and he does in fact sign for City then there would be a few anxious supporters on the red side just in case he goes on to become a success.