AS Monaco striker, Radamel Falcao, didn't want to secure a season-long loan move to Manchester United in the Summer, according to Juventus director general, Beppe Marotta.
The Colombian international, who has just recovered from a serious knee injury, was set to leave Monaco after wanting a new footballing challenge, and despite several clubs interested in signing the highly-rated striker, it took until transfer deadline day for a deal to take place.
Falcao completed a season-long loan switch to Old Trafford on deadline day, but according to Marotta, the Colombian wanted a move to Juventus instead.
The deal was completed quickly and it saw United pay Moncao £6million to loan the 28-year-old, but a deal is in place to make the loan move a permanent one next Summer, reportedly around £45m, depending on how well Falcao performs this season in the Premier League.
Falcao has scored once for United since arriving, during their 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford, but missed out on the side's 1-1 draw with Chelsea over the weekend due to an injury.
Since arriving at Old Trafford, Falcao has become a fan favourite due to his reputation, but according to Marotta, the Colombian was desperate to secure a move to Italy and Juventus.
The director of Juve revealed in a recent interview that Falcao's heart was set on a move to Serie A, only to be denied when United's financial power blew them out of the water and denied any potential deal.
Director General Beppe Marotta told Rai TV: "We were really close to getting Falcao.
"We followed him and there was contact.
"The player's preference was to move to Italy but then Manchester United emerged with their spending power and the move failed."
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