Falcao In Arsenal Transfer Link
Radamel Falcao is being linked with a possible Arsenal transfer move. The Colombia international has reportedly been offered to Arsenal as well as to Manchester City. Rumours also suggest Manchester United could be in with a deadline-day bid.
The Guardian claims Falcao has been offered to the Premier League clubs for £55million. But the paper adds that with City operating under Financial Fair Play sanctions they could be out of the picture. Uefa put a limit of £49million on City’s nett spend this summer and the Premier League champions have only £24million left out of that constrained figure. City would need to spend before they can buy.
With Falcao earning €12million a year after tax with his current club Monaco, Arsenal would have to pay him wages of over £330,000 a week to match his current deal. Falcao is also reluctant to move to the Premier League. He would prefer to go back to Spain with Real Madrid but the news that the La Liga outfit are on the verge of signing Javier Hernandez in a loan deal from Manchester United is expected to rule out a move to the Bernabeu.
Arsene Wenger said last week that there was very little value in the transfer market at the moment. A deal for Falcao would add costs of around £27million a year to Arsenal’s profit and loss account with the amortisation of Falcao’s £55million fee over five years plus a further £16million in wages.
But Wenger says he expects to be “very active” on transfer deadline day. After yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City he re-iterated there is a problem with finding the right sort of player. That’s despite Arsenal fans imploring him to sign a striker.
“Look, the decision is not to make but to find the personnel – that’s the problem,” he told Sky Sports after yesterday’s match. “We are open and we work on it. We are very active.”
Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca is also being linked with an Arsenal transfer. Reports claim that the compatriot of Falcao has also been offered to the Gunners although Wenger complained yesterday that he was always being offered players from all over the world.
Bacca – who turns 28 next week – has scored 22 goals in 52 games for Sevilla since arriving from Belgian side Club Brugge in July 2013.
Arsenal will be without Olivier Giroud for the first half of the season and their frontline frailties were exposed yesterday with Yaya Sanogo ineffective playing as a loan striker. He was replaced by Lukas Podolski with less than a quarter of an hour to go.
But Wenger’s words ring true. Arsenal saw three of their former striking targets head off to other clubs on Sunday but only one of those was an out-and-out striker. The Gunners enquired about Loic Remy, but reports that Wenger would try and scupper the Frenchman’s move to Chelsea proved to be incorrect. Remy moved to Stamford Bridge from QPR yesterday for a fee of £10.5million.
Two other Arsenal transfer targets have also found new clubs. Winger Alessio Cerci of Torino has flown to Spain to wrap up a move to Atletico Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain’s 19-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot is expected to complete his transfer to Serie A side Roma.
Campbell ‘Demands Loan Exit’
Meanwhile, Portugese newspaper O Jogo claims that Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has asked to be loaned to Benfica. The paper says that the 22-year-old has asked to leave Arsenal on a season-long deal as he fears he won’t get much game time due to the intense competition for places.
After yesterday’s result Campbell is likely to gain more playing time rather than less. Arsene Wenger is highly unlikely to allow the Costa Rican to leave.