Manchester United's superstar striker Radamel Falcao has revealed that his deadline-day move to Old Trafford was far from a panic buy from the Red Devils, with negotiations ongoing for months before a deal was finally struck.
Falcao joined United in a season-long loan switch late on Monday night, a blockbuster move that has cost Louis van Gaal's side a reported £12m, plus eye-watering wages of around £265,000-a-week.
For that quite incredible outlay United have landed a world-class forward who can't wait to prove he can make the successful transition to the Premier League with minimum fuss, telling reports in an interview cited by the Evening Standard that the thought of linking up with Angel di Maria in particular is a prospect he's relishing.
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Ahead of Colombia's friendly with Brazil tonight Falcao told reporters: "I am very proud to be at Manchester United. We've been in talks for some months and in the end we were able to reach an agreement with Monaco on the last day of the transfer deadline.
"I haven't had the opportunity to speak with the players, but although they are stars they are footballers who play for the team to achieve common goals. I'm sure this will be the basis of our success, as in any team that wants to achieve important things.
The 28-year-old marksman then turned his attention to waxing lyrical about Di Maria, and following his magnificent performance for Argentina against Germany last night its not hard to see why.
"Angel is a fantastic player," Falcao claimed. "I love the way he plays I really do.
"I'm excited to be a teammate of his and also to be a part of Manchester United."
Good things come to those who wait
Providing Falcao comes through his international exertions unscathed his first chance to work with Di Maria will come next Saturday, when Queens Park Rangers have the unenviable task of keeping the South American duo quiet on their Old Trafford debut.
United would surely not have committed to a club-record spent without having a link-up involving the pair, so Van Gaal's first team selection since the transfer window slams shut promises to be very interesting to say the least.
Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind will also be vying for their United debuts but it will be the performances of Falcao and Di Maria that dominate media attention, but the pair have more than enough experience at the highest level to manage those expectations.