Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Landing Radamel Falcao Is a Long Shot

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 01: Radamel Falcao of Club Atletico de Madrid reacts defeated during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Just for a moment, try to imagine a Manchester United team featuring Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao. Terrifying, right? 

Luckily for all of the Premier League and the rest of Europe, it's pretty unlikely that it will happen. Still, according to Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail, United has a very real interest:

Manchester United watched Radamel Falcao score twice for Atletico Madrid on Sunday night as Sir Alex Ferguson ponders a summer deal.

Sportsmail revealed last week that Ferguson is considering a £47 million deal—that could involve Javier Hernandez as part of a swap—to land the Colombia striker.

Yorke notes that the Red Devils value Hernandez at £20 million and would send an additional £27 million to Atletico to complete the deal.

But not surprisingly, Falcao is denying any potential move to Manchester United over the summer, according to Henry Jackson of Pro Soccer Talk:

“In recent weeks I have tried to isolate myself and not think about the rumours about my future,” said Falcao, in an interview with Colombian radio station RCN.

“I don’t really know where this information come from (joining Manchester United), that is part of the press.

“I’m focused only on Atletico Madrid. I do not let the market rumors affect my performance,” he added.

Falcao is arguably going to be the biggest target during this summer's transfer window. Manchester City, ChelseaJuventus and Real Madrid have all also been considered suitors, and I'm sure even more teams than that will inquire.

He can flat-out score, with 30 goals in 34 appearances for Atletico Madrid this season. Few strikers in the world are more lethal.

Now, if Nani or Wayne Rooney end up on new teams this summer—I'm looking at you, Paris Saint-Germain—United could be flush with cash. And if Hernandez is a part of the deal and Rooney indeed departs, it would be easier to see where Falcao would fit on the team.

Still, would he be the right fit to pair with Robin van Persie? Would van Persie slot into a second striker role or play more out wide? Would the two work well together?

If I'm United, I'm not so sure I'd want to mess with a good thing. Playing van Persie atop the attack has worked wonders this season, even if Rooney hasn't quite settled into his role dropping further into the midfield to link up play. 

And Hernandez has been fantastic wherever he's been asked to play this season. Losing him and sending another £27 million for one player is a huge price to pay. 

In the end, I suppose if you can land Falcao, you do it, but I don't think he's the right fit for United, and I don't see him heading to Old Trafford anytime soon. It was always a long shot, let's be honest, and United should focus on the midfield and wings, not on another striker. 

If there is one area where United is set, it's there. Don't hold your breath waiting for this deal, United fans.


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