Radamel Falcao is tipped to become the subject of a bidding war between Manchester United and Chelsea, according to reports on Wednesday.
The prolific Monaco forward, who headed to Ligue 1 from Atletico Madrid in the summer, will allegedly be under the gaze of Premier League scouts during the upcoming international break, reported by Jack Wilson of the Daily Star:
David Moyes is sending his scouts to watch the Colombia ace play against Belgium tomorrow as he weighs up a potential move.
But the United boss is not alone in sizing up the striking sensation.
Blues chief Jose Mourinho is set to jet out himself to watch Falcao, 27, in action before deciding whether to lodge a £60m bid.
Chelsea’s current strikers—the trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba—have just three Premier League goals between them this season and have failed to match the individual scoring output of rivals such as Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie.
Mourinho’s team needs a consistent finisher, the kind of player who can take advantage of half chances in and around the box.
Falcao is that man. The Colombian’s aerial prowess, thunderous long shots and ability to score from anywhere make him a deadly weapon that continues to produce for club and country.
United’s reported interest appears less likely, especially considering the Red Devils flaunt Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez among their attacking ranks.
Moyes has other areas of the squad to improve as a matter of urgency—such as the team’s lumbering midfield—and is unlikely to sanction £60 million on Falcao’s services, despite his £100 million war chest, per Wilson's report.
Simon Rice of The Independent suggests Falcao could also be on his way to Real Madrid, but as ever, speculation on the player's future remains intense, fast-moving and constantly in the public eye.
One thing's for sure: As we head into the January transfer window, the much-admired striker's name will be a permanent fixture among the headlines, whether he scores or not.