Manchester United’s reported move for Radamel Falcao comes as no surprise to his manager at Atletico Madrid.
Spanish newspaper Marca reported that the Old Trafford club had moved ahead of rivals Chelsea and Real Madrid into pole position to land the Colombian striker.
It went on to claim that Manchester United were in advanced talks with Atletico and that a €55million deal was all but agreed.
Atleti manager Diego Simeone was unmoved by the reports and insisted it was only natural for a club like Manchester United to try and land a player of that quality.
“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,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
Chelsea were long tipped as Falcao’s likely destination once he left the Vicente Calderon outfit.
So reports that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have moved ahead in the race will worry Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as he searches for another top striker to provide competition with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
Real Madrid’s interest was another reason Manchester United have advanced negotiations, as Atletico are desperate not to sell to their city rivals.