Radamel Falcao Would Make Manchester United Favorite to Win European Cup in 2014

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 11, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 25:  Radamel Falcao of Club Atletico de Madrid looks on while warming up before the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Vicente Calderon Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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If Manchester United lands sensational Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao this summer, then Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils would soar to the top of the UEFA Champions League contenders list next season.

According to the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, United isn't quite content with the look of its squad and is in hot pursuit of Falcao.

...it is understood United have now joined the bidding for the 27-year-old Colombia Star and are prepared to let Javier Hernandez move to Madrid as part of the deal. The Premier League leaders are ready to meet the £47m buyout clause in Falcao's contract by offering Athletico £27m cash plus Hernandez, who they value at £20m.

While many are unfamiliar with Falcao and the tear he's been on in Spain over the past two seasons, it only takes a quick glance at his recent numbers to understand the Colombian forward is a rare talent.

As far as United's upcoming Champions League hopes are concerned, never mind its early exit to Real Madrid in the Round of 16 last month. Because with an explosive talent like Falcao joining forces with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at the top, the Red Devils would be nearly impossible for any club to hold down over the course of 90 minutes.

In Falcao, Ferguson would be acquiring a player who has netted 46 goals in 61 Spanish La Liga appearances for Atletico since the start of 2011.

For a team that managed just two goals, including one own goal in two matches against Real Madrid, Falcao's nose for the net would be another tremendous asset and one that would put the three-time European Cup champions over the top in 2013-14.

United has made the UEFA Champions League final in three of the past five years, and that history combined with Falcao's presence up front would no doubt equal a recipe for success.

Although the move could cost Ferguson Javier Hernandez, it's still a no-brainer given the caliber of player he'd be receiving in return.

At age 27, Falcao is entering his prime and already has the mental strength and experience to play the superstar role in a big-time European football league. The Champions League stage wouldn't be too big for him, nor would the pressure to perform consistently at Old Trafford. 

Falcao is drawing interest from plenty of top clubs this spring (via the Mail), but Manchester United is the only one he can transform into an instant favorite in the Champions League.


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