MONACO’S star man Radamel Falcao has insisted there is no truth in rumours linking him with a swift return to Spain, just months after moving to Ligue 1.
Reports in Spain last week suggested 60million euro striker Falcao was unhappy with the scope of the project on the south coast after leaving Atletico Madrid in May, with a controversial switch to his former club’s fierce rivals Real Madrid mooted as a surprise option.
There have been reports in recent days that Monaco would also be forced to move their offices to France – causing the club to lose it’s current tax benefits, hitting players in the pocket.
The 27-year-old said: “It’s a totally false article. I’m very happy at Monaco and I believe in the project.
“Everything is false, even the numbers quoted by the press are false. I feel great at the club and I’m going to stay here.”
Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri also gave the reports similar short shrift, adding: “What do you want me to tell you? The rumours are rumours.
“Falcao is staying at Monaco.”
WELCOME to my new transfer target feature, the appallingly-named Premiershipping Forecast.
Goaltastic will be casting its eye over some of the bigger names which could be plying their footballing trade on these shores come August.
Here’s our first…
ON THE RADAR – Radamel Falcao
CURRENT SIDE – Atletico Madrid
POSSIBLE PREM TEAMS – Chelsea, Manchester City
THE LOWDOWN – Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has said he will not bear any grudge if star striker Radamel Falcao decides to seek a new challenge – which he looks likely to.
Falcao has scored 32 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions so far this season and has been linked with a summer move to French side Monaco, as well as – fingers crossed – Manchester City and Chelsea.
The 27-year-old clinical Colombian forward is under contract with Atletico until 2016 – but boss Simeone says said he would give Falcao his blessing if he decides to move.
FINANCIAL fair play pah!
Moneybags Manchester City are set to spend big this summer to get over the disappointment of 2012/13 so far.
And according to reports today, top of the shopping list at the Etihad Stadium, in big black marker pen, is Falcao.
Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has opened negotiations for a £40m swoop for the Colombian hitman.
This follows moves being made to land Edison Cavani from Napoli, and Brazilian superstar Neymar from Santos.
Roberto Mancini has already said the club needs to spend this summer: “I think we need to improve our team. In a big way? That depends, because the market is always difficult for us.
“It’s important to focus on the players that are good for us. I don’t know if that’s three, five, six, nine or one.”
A GROUP of 400 Athletic Bilbao fans missed their team’s Europa League final after flying to the wrong country.
While their team was playing out a 3-0 loss to Spanish rivals Athletico Madrid, courtesy of goals from Falcao (2) and Diego, the group of fans was desperately trying to make it to Romania from nearby Hungary.
The reason – they flew to Budapest instead of Bucharest, where the final was held.