Manchester United are now 2/5 favourites to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, with neighbours Manchester City, who were expected to bid big for the Colombia international, hamstrung by Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Premier League champions are still trying to bring in the £50m centre-forward and attract a 7/5 quote to secure Falcao’s services by the close of the transfer window, but it seems City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has plenty of work to do in order to strike a deal.
Contrasting reports are buzzing around the internet, with some media sources claiming Monaco will accept £8m for a year-long loan and £24m to make the deal permanent at the end of the season, while others put the required figures at £20m and £60m.
What seems clear is that the Citizens will have to raise around £20m today if they wish to compete for Falcao’s signature, as FFP sanctions prevent them from exceeding a net spend of £49m during this window. They’re currently at £24m.
Real Madrid was long thought Falcao’s likely destination, but Los Blancos’ all-but-done loan move for Red Devils speedster Javier Hernandez sees them pushed out to 5/1 to land the former Atletico Madrid man.
Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has let the cat out of the bag somewhat with regard to Chicharito, tweeting his congratulations to the 26-year-old on his move to the Bernabeu.
You can get 3/1 on Falcao staying with Monaco, who the 28-year-old only signed for last summer, but the striker’s links to Liverpool have gone cold, with the Reds all the way out to 33/1 to pull off what now seems an unforeseeable transfer coup.