London - Manchester United have agreed a sensational deal to sign Colombia
striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, according to
widespread British media reports on Monday.
28-year-old forward, who missed the World Cup with a serious knee
injury, was whisked into United's Carrington training centre on Monday
evening after flying into Manchester, Sky Sports News reported.
he pass a medical examination and agree personal terms before the 00:00
(SA time) transfer deadline, he will join United on loan for a reported fee of
around €10 million.
United will then have an
option to make the deal permanent for €55 million at the end of
the season, sources at Monaco told AFP.
Falcao, who has scored 20 goals in 51 appearances for Colombia, is under contract at Monaco until 2018.
returning from injury at the start of the season, he has scored two
goals in three matches, but he was left out of the squad for Monaco's
1-1 draw at home to Lille in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
the deal would leave United manager Louis van Gaal with a rich pool of
striking talent at his disposal, as Falcao would join Robin van Persie
and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.
United are rebuilding after a
disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season and
have spent around £130 million on new players, including a
British-record £59.7 million move for
Angel di Maria.
They have also
offloaded a numbers of players, with Shinji Kagawa returning to former
club Borussia Dortmund on Sunday and Javier Hernandez joining Real
Madrid on Monday on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Gaal is still waiting for his first competitive win as United manager,
after two draws and a defeat in the league and a humiliating 4-0 loss to
third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup.
Falcao made his
professional debut with Colombian second-tier side Lanceros Boyaca at
the age of just 13 before joining Argentine giants River Plate in 2005.
four years in Buenos Aires he signed for Porto, where he established
himself as one of Europe's most lethal marksmen, scoring 72 goals in 87
He won the Portuguese Cup in his first season and helped
Porto to a treble of league, cup and Europa League honours in 2011,
scoring the only goal in the Europa League final against Braga.
move to Atletico Madrid followed later that year and he won the Europa
League again in his first season, scoring twice as Diego Simeone's side
overcame Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final.
Falcao joined Monaco
from Atletico last year in a deal worth around €60 million, having
scored 70 goals in 91 games during his time in Spain.
nine goals in his first 17 league games with Monaco, but his debut
season was curtailed in January when he ruptured his anterior cruciate
ligament, forcing him to miss the World Cup.