Manchester United has laughed off suggestions that they are in the market for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao over the summer transfer window after the Colombian international was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this month.
The Daily Mail reported that United was prepared to make a player-plus-cash offer for the striker. However, if that were true, then somebody forgot to tell manager Sir Alex Ferguson about it. The veteran boss quickly dismissed the notion of Falcao coming to United.
"Do you honestly believe that? Really? It does amaze me that you come up with that one," he said per ESPN when asked about the Falcao rumor being true.
United are seemingly likely to take home the Premier League title this season after another league win on the weekend over Stoke City. The Red Devils have been seemingly unstoppable on the domestic front this season and could well have been challenging for a treble if some results had fallen their way—namely a Demba Ba super-goal in the match against Chelsea and a controversial red card against Real Madrid.
Yet despite the fact that United are only going to win the one title this year, there is seemingly nothing to suggest they would need another striker this summer.
Let alone a bigname player like Falcao, who would cost around £50-60 million.
As good as the Colombian international is at the top of the attack for Madrid, United already has that type of player in Robin van Persie—the man that United bought over the previous summer transfer window for less than half of Falcao's likely cost.
Van Persie has 23 goals and eight assists for United this season and has practically changed the balance of power in England back to the Red Devils single-handedly.
Then consider the depth of attacking talent that he has around him at United (Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa), and it's clear that the arrival of Falcao is not one that's going to benefit the team.
It would surely see one of those four players leave, which the Red Devils have done so hard to fight against throughout the 2012-13 season.
And given the success that the quartet have had this season, it seems bizarre that Ferguson and the United board would look to break them up this summer.
More than bizarre—it would be absolutely ludicrous.
The Red Devils would have to adjust to having a new striker and a new playing system right after they had finally started to figure out how the current system works. And given how well the current system is working, there'd be big questions as to why it needed changing at all—especially given the £50 million-plus that it would likely take to bring Falcao to Old Trafford.
The link is nice, and there's no doubting that Falcao would be a hit at United, but there's simply no way that United would be looking to buy him this summer.
Maybe last summer, but not now—not after all that's happened in 2013.
It just doesn't seem to make any sense.
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