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United prepare cash plus Hernandez bid for Falcao
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has joined the hunt for Atletico Madrid's £47million-rated striker Radamel Falcao. Man City and Chelsea have both been strongly linked with Falcao, who has established himself as one of the world's most prolific marksmen by scoring 54 goals since arriving in Spain from Porto in 2011. But it is understood that United have now joined the bidding for the 27-year-old Colombian and are prepared to let Javier Hernandez move to Madrid as part of the deal. The Premier League leaders are ready to meet the £47m buyout clause in Falcao's contract by offering the Spaniards £27m cash plus Hernandez who they value at £20m. Although reports in Spain yesterday suggested that a downpayment has already been made, it is believed that United's interest is still in its early stages. Atletico coach Diego Simeone responded to the speculation by saying: “Falcao is a great player and it's logical that the best teams in the world are interested in him. It doesn't surprise me.”
United’s reported interest in Falcao is also assessed by The Sun, who make the unfounded claim that “a potential move will place another question over the future of Wayne Rooney, who could find himself offloaded at the end of the season”. The tabloid also speculates that the Reds’ relationship with the Colombian’s agent, Jorge Mendes, could help the transfer run smoothly.
In more speculation, the Daily Star claims Sir Alex is weighing up a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane with a view to a summer swoop while The Express says Marseille striker Andre Ayew could be on his way to Old Trafford after he said: “I will go to a club that wants to win trophies.”