Manchester United are now leading Arsenal and Manchester City in the race to sign Radamel Falcao after offering the AS Monaco striker a mega-money contract that would make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
The Daily Express reports that the Red Devils are making a huge statement of intent to their domestic rivals by attempting to lure one of the most prolific marksman in world football to Old Trafford, with the transfer fee being discussed likely to exceed £50 million.
Louis van Gaal has already smashed the British transfer record to sign Argentine winger Angel di Maria from Real Madrid in a £59.7 million deal, and is hoping to follow that up with the imminent capture of Daley Blind from Ajax.
However, in what will surely be the most notable piece of business to come to fruition on this transfer deadline day, Manchester United are looking to land the Colombia international at the expense of a number of rivals.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in taking Falcao to the Emirates Stadium, but the typically frugal Frenchman has always seemed reluctant to pay massive money for him, particularly after already splashing £35 million to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.
Arsenal are now expected to turn attention to alternative striker options, with Olivier Giroud already ruled out of action until the New Year.
Man City interest
Inner-city rivals Manchester City were also heavily linked with the South American over the weekend, which seemed strange given the wealth of options already available to Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens manager boasts one of the most fearsome forward lines in the division with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo, although the latter is currently sidelined with an injury.
Old Trafford opening
Having said that, it's not like attack is a particularly problematic position for Manchester United either, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
But, with reports intimating that Hernandez is on the verge of joining Real Madrid on a season-long loan, and suggestions that Welbeck has also been made available by Van Gaal, the Dutchman's motive to try and recruit Falcao suddenly becomes a lot clearer.
The ex-Atletico Madrid man is set to be offered a lucrative four-year deal at Old Trafford that will eclipse the £300,000-a-week contract signed by new Manchester United captain Rooney last year, as the club tries to return itself to former glories.
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