According to the Guardian Arsenal & Manchester City have been offered Radamel Falcao for £55 million. Falcao was left out of Monaco’s side that drew 1-1 with Lille at the weekend.
Arsenal are looking to sign a striker after French frontman Oliver Giroud suffered a broken tibia that is likely to keep him out of action until the New Year. Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw with newly promoted Leicester City at the weekend with Yaya Sanogo failing to impress.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that they will look at the possibility of bringing in new faces on deadline day.
“Look, the decision is not to make, it’s to find personnel. We are open, we work on it, but let’s not fool ourselves. Man City lost against Stoke and had strikers, it’s not just about buying one player.
“We want to and we are open to it. The pressure to buy is always there, we have to live with that, we try our best.”
Falcao has been offered to Manchester City by his representatives and they have already offloaded Alvaro Negredo to Valencia in a loan deal but financial fair play constraints could make it difficult for City to pay the £55 million transfer fee.
Due to UEFA’s financial fair play constraints City are allowed a net spend of £49 m and have only around £24m at the moment following the departures of Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia and now Negredo albeit only on a loan deal.
City will probably look to secure the Colombian on a loan deal. A £20 millon loan fee have been touted for the Monaco man all summer which would also cover the Monaco striker’s wages.
Just days ago Falcao posted on Twitter about a move to Real Madrid and it seemed that the Colombian was going to join compatriot James Rodriguez at the Bernabeu. However, they have turned their attention to Javier Hernandez as they look to secure the Manchester United man on a loan deal.
The 28-year-old Colombian is expected to leave Monaco and it looks like Manchester City and Arsenal will battle for the 28-year-old’s signature. The £55 million asking price could be too much for both clubs to meet and a loan deal could make a move for Falcao easier to complete before the transfer window shuts.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.