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United to splash cash for £42million Falcao
The 27-year-old Colombian striker is one of the hottest properties in European football with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all interested in his services. But it appears United are the side in pole position to sign him. Reports from Spanish newspaper Marca suggest that "a down payment has reportedly been made" and that Falcao is "just a step away from United". Marca add that the sequence of events is nothing new because "the same thing happened two seasons ago when David de Gea left the Vicente Calderón to become a Red Devil". De Gea moved to Old Trafford for around £17m (€20m) while Falcao is expected to cost United around £42m (€50m). Falcao has scored 22 goals in La Liga this season and sits third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the scoring charts.
Elsewhere, many journalists are still commenting on Monday’s Manchester derby. Danny Taylor of The Guardian claims “the Old Trafford defeat was a reminder that Sir Alex Ferguson's men have their weaknesses – and City can bounce back" while Sam Wallace of The Independent says “United have had a curate's egg of a season but their youngsters will be better for the experience gained."
Meanwhile, plenty of column inches are attributed to former Reds hero Phil Neville, who yesterday announced his decision to leave Everton at the end of this season.