Radamel Falcao is on the radar at Juventus ahead of what will be an interesting summer for the Manchester United star, as the Serie A giants see him as a useful alternative to priority target Edinson Cavani.
According to information from Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport the Turin outfit have put together a shortlist of potential strikers as they prepare for the expected departure of Carlos Tevez, and Falcao, despite his poor form this term, finds himself amongst the names.
The man Juve want more than anyone else is Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani, who himself has struggled to make a lasting impression in France. The Uruguayan striker has been widely tipped to move to the Premier League in the past, but given how successful he was as the spearhead of Napoli’s attack, a switch back to Serie could well appeal to him.
If it doesn’t then Falcao is certain to be targeted, along with Palermo’s Paulo Dybala. The latter’s president, Palermo chief Maurizio Zamparini, has already conceded that he’ll struggle to keep hold of his prized asset come the summer, but with a price-tag of £30 million he’ll be an expensive risk to take given his age. In this respect Falcao may be the more ideal option.
The Colombia international is far from sitting in the richest vein of his career but that could be more to do with the style of the Premier League and United’s approach under Louis van Gaal, as opposed to a reflection of his deteriorating abilities.
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Nevertheless it looks as though his loan-spell at Old Trafford won’t be made permanent, with there still being a hefty fee for the Red Devils to pay if they want to take him on for the long-term come the summer.
If they opt not to, as many expect they will, then he’ll return to AS Monaco, who have been downsizing their own ambitions thanks to owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s expensive divorce. In that scenario he would be ripe for the picking from Juve’s point of view, and could well be the man they mould their new team around.
Big summer ahead
For it could turn out to be a summer of big transition for Juve. With Andrea Pirlo firmly in the twilight of his career the impact he’s able to have on first-team proceedings is gradually fading, and the future of star midfielder Paul Pogba is very much uncertain. The Frenchman is perhaps Europe’s most desirable asset, and Massimiliano Allegri will be fortunate indeed to keep him on board for next season.
If he was to purchase Falcao however he could have a big-name to take the pressure off of Pogba’s likely departure, and the 29-year-old has proven himself more than just adequately prolific in every league other than England’s top flight.
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