Manchester United pulled off the deal of deadline day by landing Radamel Falcao on loan - but it all could have been very different.
The player's father has confirmed that Real Madrid were in talks for his son before the window shut but tried to do the deal on the cheap.
Indeed it had seemed as though Falcao was on his way to Real Madrid having tweeted his delight at signing for the Spanish club - only to delete the message and blame it on hackers.
Madrid's attempts to try and get Falcao on the cheap - presumably enforced because of the cash they splashed on James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos - opened the door for Manchester United to swoop.
"If you have money and you go to the shops to buy a shirt or trousers, you have to decide whether to make the purchase or not. Real Madrid opted not to and there's nothing you can do in that case", he said.
"Anyway, I have the feeling that they wanted him on the cheap, with a whole load of conditions and things like that. It didn't happen because, like I said, they decided to buy the trousers and the shirt they wanted and which they considered suited them best. We have to accept it, because it's their money".
Manchester United eventually wrapped up a deal for Falcao in the dying minutes of deadline day, reportedly forking out £20 million including wages to take him on for the season. They have the option to make the move permanent next year.
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