Juventus director Beppe Morata has revealed that the club were close to completing a deal for Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao in the summer transfer window, reports the Express.
The forward ultimately completed a season-long loan move to Old Trafford from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, but Morata has insisted that Falcao wanted to 'privilege' playing for the Italian giants.
The Italian side's director went on to reveal that Manchester United's spending power eventually scuppered the player's move to Juventus. When speaking to RAI programme La Domenica Sportiva, Morata said: "We were very close to Falcao, as the player wanted to privilege Italy and our jersey.
"However, then Manchester United stepped forward and they have more spending power, so the deal fell apart."
United, of course, splashed the cash this past summer, spending as much as £150 million on new recruits, and it now remains to be seen as to whether the club will land the Colombian on a permanent deal in the 2015 summer transfer window.
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Falcao's Old Trafford career has yet to reach the great heights that are expected of him in this early stage. The striker scored his first goal for the club against Everton at the start of the month, but only managed to secure a place on the bench at the Hawthorns against West Brom last Monday.
And, the forward missed United's clash with Premier League table-toppers Chelsea yesterday afternoon after picking up a slight knock in training. The Red Devils will be hoping that he proves his fitness in time for the Manchester derby this weekend, as United go in search of their first away win of the season at the Etihad.
United will have Dutchman Robin van Persie at their disposal, with the striker set to be in good spirits after his late equaliser against the Blues yesterday afternoon. As well as Van Persie, Louis van Gaal can also hand captain Wayne Rooney a recall after the forward served his final game of a three-match suspension yesterday. Falcao, though, will certainly be hoping to make his mark in this weekend's derby fixture.
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