Manchester United ended their twisty transfer window with the capture of AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who joined the English club on a one-year loan. The club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward played it smart as he agreed on having the option to buy the high-profile striker at the end of his loan period.
Nevertheless, the Red Devils will pay an abominable price to lure the Colombian striker to a cold and windy Manchester. According to Mark Ogden of The Telegraph, Falcao will exceed club captain Wayne Rooney as Old Trafford’s top earner with a wage in the region of £265,000-a-week.
However, the signing of Falcao isn’t a wrong buy, if we have to believe Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Manchester United forward enthusiastically talked about Falcao at a TAG Heuer event:
“He is very good player. I think Manchester did very well. I don’t think he is the wrong type of player. He is a top player so I don’t think it is a wrong buy. I think he will be a fantastic buy. Manchester have not started well, two points, so they need quality players and Falcao is a quality player.”
Although the Real Madrid star is certainly right by saying that Falcao ‘is a quality player,’ he hasn’t hit the nail on his head by stating that he is a ‘fantastic buy.’
When taking a look at his history as a football player, it’s obvious that he is a superstar. His ability to, even when his situation in Monaco was frustrating, record nine goals in a total of 17 appearances last season is impressive.
However, on the other side, his several serious injuries during his professional career immediately rings alarm bells. The 28-year-old suffered from injuries ahead of the 2006/07 season, forcing him to miss six months of action. Not long ago, the player was laid low by a serious knee injury that sadly enough derailed his first full season in France and kept him out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Furthermore, the signing of ‘El Tigre’ is completely pointless as instead of splashing cash on a center-back, a player United need most, the club decided to bring in two attackers, even breaking the British transfer record by signing Angel Di Maria for a new record fee of £59.7 million.
So, of course purchasing Falcao would be something every top club would dream of, but this transfer comes with more implication than needed as Manchester United already have - with the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney - two world class player up front.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp even believes that there could be an issue of unhappiness between the forwards. He told Sky Sports: “How will Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney feel today? My guess is they wouldn’t be too happy because if he’s fit and ready he’s as good as both of them, if not better.”
Rooney already experienced the consequences of moving out of position to make way for other players. Sir Alex Ferguson once told the striker to play in midfield, which resulted in a lot of scenes. The England international even thought about moving to Chelsea, after stating he made a verbal transfer request.
This means that Louis van Gaal will have to think wisely about how to link his new signing up with the club’s new captain, as things could turn into a real mess within a split second. Additionally, Henry Winter of The Telegraph also understands that Rooney confirmed that he doesn’t know how the signing of Falcao will affect his role.
Understandably Van Gaal could not pass up the chance to sign Falcao, but it looks more like a panic buy than a great piece of business as the English giants will not only lose their identity, but also a lot of cash.