Manchester United fans have been given reason to be yet more optimistic that Radamel Falcao’s loan from Monaco will become a permanent transfer after the player’s wife revealed she has already fallen in love with the city.
Manchester love affair
Falcao moved to Old Trafford on the final day of the transfer window on a temporary basis to begin with, but Manchester United will have the option to buy the player at the end of the season for a reported £35 million.
The Colombian left the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo to complete this move to Manchester and, although it would have been assumed that this change of scenery may be something of a culture shock, this has not been the case.
Lorelei Taron, partner of the former Atletico Madrid striker, has allayed any minor fears that the couple would not be able to settle in their new city after she posted a snap on Instagram accompanied by a caption that expressed her affection for Manchester.
There have been suggestions that Jorge Mendes was able to negotiate a clause that practically guarantees Manchester United will have to fork out the full fee for Falcao, and it will be a comfort that he and his family have been able to settle so quickly.
Falcao’s feeling for his new club would have been strengthened after Louis van Gaal confirmed the 28-year-old would be favoured as his leading centre-forward with Wayne Rooney the player forced to make way.
Rooney has been afforded his opportunity to play in this role under Van Gaal and, despite a decent goal return, the manager claims not to have been sufficiently impressed. The Dutchman has, however, stated that his captain will always be in his first choice XI.
The England international played behind a front two of Falcao and Robin van Persie during the weekend defeat to Leicester City, taking a position at the summit of a midfield diamond that also included Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind.
Van Gaal, however, may choose to rejig his attacking options and provide more midfield cover having seen his side dismantled in the final 30 minutes against Leicester on Sunday after initially taking a 3-1 lead.
West Ham will be the visitors to Old Trafford on Saturday and Manchester United will certainly have to be far more resolute in order to contain this new found attacking prowess that Sam Allardyce’s side have recently displayed.