Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta has claimed that Manchester United star Radamel Falcao wanted to join the Italian giants earlier in the summer, before he eventually made the move to Old Trafford.
The Colombian, who missed the draw with Chelsea due to injury, was linked with the Turin-based club in the summer, and now it appears those rumours have been confirmed.
Marotta told RAI programme Domenica Sportiva “We followed Falcao, but there has been no contact since he moved to Manchester United, We were very close to signing him and the striker wanted to give priority to move to Italy to wear Bianconeri colours.”
The forward, who has scored one goal so far in his United career, may well stay beyond his year-long loan spell, and Marotta indicated there is a deal in place to make his move permanent, saying that: “”However, then Manchester United stepped forward and they have more spending power, so the deal fell apart.”
Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and PSG were all approached by Falcao’s representatives in the summer over a move but Louis Van Gaal’s side were the only ones willing to meet his financial demands.
The Columbian striker has already become a fan favourite at Old Trafford, and Louis Van Gaal would be silly to miss out on the opportunity of signing him on a permanent deal when his loan deal runs out.
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