Radamel Falcao nearly joined Juventus, says Giovanni Branchini

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Manchester United nearly missed out on a deadline day deal for Radamel Falcao after respected FIFA agent Giovanni Branchini claimed the Colombian striker nearly joined Juventus.

The Serie 'A' champions came within a whisker of luring the AS Monaco star to Turin, as they sought a last minute replacement for injured frontman Alvaro Morata, who picked up an injury in his first training session following a £15.8 million move from Real Madrid.

New Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri was desperate to bring Falcao to Italy, but in the end the player opted for Manchester United after agreeing terms over a £6 million season-long loan move to Old Trafford.

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Falcao's arrival at the Red Devils took everyone by surprise, having been linked with a host of rival suitors - including Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid - for much of the transfer window.

Louis van Gaal successfully got his man before the transfer deadline, although it could've been a different story had Juventus not been blocked from proceeding with negotiations.

FIFA agent quotes:

"Unfortunately the big swoop didn't succeed," Branchini, who acts as a middleman for deals involving Monaco, told Tuttosport. "But only because another party got in the middle and prevented the deal.

"I can assure you, however, that Falcao was very close to signing for Juventus."

Falcao earnings

The former Atletico Madrid marksman will reportedly earn £265,000-a-week at Old Trafford, and is expected to make his Premier League debut when Manchester United take on Queens Park Rangers on September 14 after the international break.

However, his participation in the forthcoming home clash is subject to Falcao being granted a work permit, with plans already in place to fast-track his visa application in a bid to avoid the same problems United have experienced with fellow summer signing Marcos Rojo.

Permanent transfer

Should Manchester United want to make Falcao's transfer permanent next summer then they'll likely have to meet his £50 million valuation, meaning the club's total outlay to secure the player's long-term future could reach a staggering £74 million when you take into account the aforementioned loan fee and wages combined, according to the Daily Express.

It's a mouth-watering sum of money for a star whose Monaco contract runs until 2018, but depending on how he performs this season, don't rule out the possibility of the deal being done this time next year.

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