Manchester United have secured AS Monaco world-class strike Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan for a $9 million fee, according to The Telegraph. Initially the move was perceived as a steal as the transfer window closes Monday, but as more details emerged, it’s looking like United will also have to pay Falcao salary for the year, which is $30 million.
The Columbian striker was flown in from Monaco for a medical which he ultimately passed. Falcao had torn his ACL last season which lead to him missing the World Cup despite a speedy recovery.
This is sort of a surprising move as most of United’s needs are defensive with Louis van Gaal’s 3-at-the-back formation. With United’s lack of personal to really make the formation work, Old Trafford has fallen on tough times to begin this Premier League season.
Falcao’s move does pair him up with Robin van Persie up top and will allow Wayne Rooney to move back to an attacking midfield, Number 10 role. It’s a role that Rooney has really excelled at in the past.