Radamel Falcao's last-gasp summer switch to Manchester United is reported to have come about as a direct result of the stinging remarks made by Angel Di Maria upon his own £59.7 million exit from Real Madrid.
That's according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial (h/t 101GreatGoals), writing that "El Tigre" was poised to join Real Madrid, but a conflict of interests linked to Di Maria's public declaration threw a spanner in the works.
El Confidencial alleges that Real president Florentino Perez was outraged with super-agent Jorge Mendes for allowing Di Maria's letter to go public and thus pulled out of the deal to sign Falcao, also a client of Mendes.
Unfortunately today I have to go, but I want to make clear that this was never my desire. As anyone who works, I've always wanted to progress. After winning 'La Decima' I went to the World Cup with the hope of receiving a new contract, which never came.
Many things and many lies were spoken. They always wanted to attribute the initiative to me to leave the club, but I did not. The only thing I asked for is something that would be fair. There are many things that I value and many of them have nothing to do with my salary.
If the claims linking these two transfer window events are true, it raises questions related to Real's decision-making in a scenario where personal sentiment, or lack thereof, could be seen as obstructing the club's best interests.
It also may unearth more of what Cristiano Ronaldo was alluding to when he suggested he wasn't content with Los Blancos' transfer priorities this summer, per Spanish publication SPORT:
Ronaldo: "If I was in charge, I may do it like this, but everyone has their opinion & is free to say what they think" http://t.co/yrnuOvK4BX— SPORT English (@Sport_EN) September 1, 2014
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be one figure happy with the way things have turned out, however, first of all clinching the signature of Di Maria before then sealing the more unexpected loan of Falcao from Monaco.
Also called into question is the desire both players actually had to play for United. From his letter, it's clear Di Maria had other plans in mind prior to moving while Falcao is also alleged to have been favouring the Spanish capital.
Chris McKenna of the Daily Star reported in mid-August that Liverpool were planning a move for the forward but were rebuffed in their advances and were told Real Madrid were the only club in Falcao's sights.
United are without Champions League football this season and are now involved in just two competitions this season following their Capital One Cup exit at the hands of MK Dons.
After splurging in excess of £150 million this summer, the club have little room for excuses if previous success can't be restored, hence Van Gaal doing his best to replenish the squad with a depth of elite players.
In any case, the Red Devils may have Perez to thank for opening the window of opportunity needed to acquire Falcao's services for the 2014-15 season, a stay which could be longer depending on this term's success.