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Radamel Falcao Would Not Be the Answer for Manchester United

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Radamel Falcao is a world-class striker, but is he really going to solve Manchester United’s problems?

 

Sir Alex Ferguson and the Red Devils apparently believe so, as the club is reportedly throwing its name in the hat

It’s almost impossible to argue that United’s attack isn’t strengthened by bringing in the Colombian striker. A partnership of Falcao and Robin van Persie would be the most intimidating in the world.

Goals haven’t exactly been a problem for Manchester United, though. The Red Devils have scored 71 times in the Premier League, which is 10 more than Chelsea, who is in second place.

The Wayne Rooney transfer rumors are seemingly neverending, so the arrival of Falcao would likely either precede or follow the departure of Rooney. You can see where United would want to replace a striker of Rooney’s reputation with another big-name player.

But what about Javier Hernandez?

Chicharito is still only 24 years old. While not the quality of Falcao at this point, there’s every reason to expect the Mexican striker would be able to suffice in the absence of Rooney. Hernandez has scored 11 goals in 26 domestic and European league matches this season. He’s energetic and always manages to pounce on any chance in the box. You could very easily see Hernandez scoring 20 goals next season if he’s given a starting role. Plus, the money spent on Falcao would inevitably subtract money from the transfer budget that could be spent much more wisely elsewhere. Ferguson is not a heavy spender during the summer, so it’s unrealistic to expect him to break the bank this season.

United spent a little over £50 million on the trio of David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones back in the summer of 2011. Something comparable could be expected this summer. But with Falcao taking up £27 million, that doesn’t leave much to spend on what has been United’s biggest issue: midfield.

Surely the club would be much better off spending the lion’s share of the transfer budget on a player like Kevin Strootman, Sven Bender, Mario Gotze, Isco, Victor Wanyama, Etienne Capoue or any combination of those players.

Manchester United is built for success in England. There’s no doubt about that. Bringing in Falcao would be a shot across the bow of Europe’s elite that the Red Devils are back to take their place atop the throne of club football. But what good will Falcao be if Ferguson leaves the midfield untouched?

It’s hard to envision United being any more successful in Europe than it currently is by continuing to rely on Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Anderson to occupy the midfield. You can have the best strikers in the world, but there rendered ineffective against good clubs when you don’t have a ball-winner or someone to pull the strings in the midfield.

Falcao is a great player, but he should not be the top transfer target for Manchester United this season.

 

Why Adding a Star Striker Would Make Juve Europe’s Best

Cavani celebrating

 

Yes dear reader, you read that right: if Juventus were to add a star striker to their team during the January transfer window, they could make a genuine claim for being the best team in Europe. I realise that’s a very bold statement, but it might not be as bold as you think. Anyone that watched their battle with AC Milan in the Coppa d’Italia earlier this week, and actually paid attention to what was going on could see for themselves.

Juventus needed a goal in extra time from Mirko Vucinic to defeat their rivals in a game that was very balanced and didn’t feature a boatload of chances. It is worth mentioning that the Bianconeri achieved this feat with their second-string midfield. That’s right: with the exception of Arturo Vidal, Juve didn’t field a single regular starter in midfield and still found ways to thoroughly dominate the Rossoneri for large stretches of the game. The first half in particular saw the Bianconeri create a handful of good chances, and put a lot of pressure on the defensive duo of Philippe Mexes and Francesco Acerbi.

Granted, Milan are not having their best season, but they still qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, and feature a midfield with quite a few talented players like Riccardo Montolivo and Kevin-Prince Boateng. And yet for all of these chances, Juventus still needed a late strike from Vucinic to put away the Rossoneri. You can thank the attacking duo of Sebastian Giovinco and Alessandro Matri for that.

Giovinco played a good game and netted Juve’s first goal on a beautifully taken free kick that erased Stephan El Shaarawy’s early strike. He was active and generally a nuisance for the Milan defense, but he also showed his lack of nose for goals when he failed to beat Milan stopper Marco Amelia one-on-one.

Matri on the other hand had a dismal game and reinforced the sentiment that a lot of the fans of the team already had: Juve need a quality striker. But quality won’t do. If the Bianconeri were to find a way to add an absolute star, they could be a force in Europe on par with teams like Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

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Think Edinson Cavani. Radamel Falcao. Neymar. All three are world-class forwards playing for good, but not great teams. Forget about Fernando Llorente or Stevan Jovetic for a second. Both would make great additions to the current roster, but I’m talking about the big stars here. The kind of players you buy for your team in FIFA.

Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 is a great system for this Juventus team in a number of ways, but perhaps its most underrated facet is that it disguises Juve’s lack of a true goal scorer. It allows players like Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal to put themselves in a position where they can contribute to the one thing Juve’s strikers don’t do well: scoring goals. A quality striker probably wouldn’t change much, but imagine what a world class goal scorer could do. Someone like Cavani or Falcao would not only receive a ridiculous amount of chances courtesy of Juve’s world-class midfield, but they’d also receive a ton of room to work with as defenses have to account for the goalscoring potential of the guys lining up behind the strikers.

Should a defense choose to commit to taking the strikers out of the game, this would leave Juve’s midfielders with oceans of space to take advantage of, and there are few teams who boast more goalscoring potential in midfield than Juventus. Gianluigi Buffon is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and while he might be getting up there in years, he can still defend his cage like few others. The Bianconeri boast a defense that is easily top three in Europe, and a midfield unit that can mix it up with the best of them.

Organisation and dedication are key for this team. They defend their own half of the field exceptionally well, and allow the opposition very little room to operate in once they start getting close to the box. In possession, they display great patience and are able to find the perfect balance between solid play on the wing and the passing ability of Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco.

The latter could be one of Europe’s most feared facilitators if paired with the right striker. His running and dribbling are a nightmare for any defense, and he’s showcased his ability to create space for other players on numerous occasions. On top of that, he has an excellent cross in his feet. But he’s not a goalscorer. And neither are Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic. Fabio Quagliarella knows how to put the ball in the back of the net, but he’s not a world class forward.

Combining Giovinco with someone like Cavani or Falcao would instantly transform Juve’s front line. The team’s biggest weakness would arguably turn into their biggest strength. With an incredible back line and a midfield that can stand toe-to-toe with pretty much anyone, a world class offensive unit would push this team over the top. Would this mean instant European success and a new entry in a long line of Bianconeri dynasties? Obviously, in football there’s no such thing as certainty. Today’s game already has a handful of teams that look like they can’t be beaten when they’re firing on all cylinders.

But Juventus would definitely be one of them.

Falcao not thinking about proposed move to Chelsea

 

Chelsea target Ramadel Falcao has distanced himself from speculation regarding a move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge, insisting “the last thing I’m thinking about right now is a transfer.”

The Colombian forward has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 13 goals in 11 appearances for Los Rojiblancos, including a hat-trick against the Blues.

“The last thing I’m thinking about right now is a transfer,” he told reporters.

“I have a contract with Atletico Madrid and I’m focused on my team.”

Falcao has made no secret of his desire to move abroad, telling Radio Caracol: “The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come. I keep dreaming.”

The forward featured in Colombia’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in New Jersey on Wednesday night, and stated his international side can learn a lot by playing against a side of the Selecao’s ability.

He added: “It was a very good game. We expected a great Brazilian team and we found it like that. They made it difficult for us to have possession of the ball the way we like it. We learned a lot from today.

“I expected a strong game from the defence and I had to fight to touch the ball because they are very strong defenders.”

Falcao dreams of move abroad

 

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has opened the door to a potential switch to Chelsea after admitting that he is “dreaming” of a move to a different league.

The Blues have opened up informal talks over a £48.1 million move for the Atletico sensation, who has already struck 10 goals in La Liga this campaign, with owner Roman Abramovich keen to activate the former Porto star’s release clause at Vicente Calderon.

The 26-year-old forward has now paved the way to a potential move abroad, revealing that it is his dream to make the move to a foreign league.

Falcao told Radio Caracol: “The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come. I keep dreaming.

“I know that in time I would like to go to a different team. But I have three more years left on my contract with Atletico.”

Falcao, who is also attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, went on to state his objectives, including helping Colombia reach the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.

“There are dreams that I have met and others that I am achieving now. I dream of reaching the World Cup with Colombia, and also to keep winning with my club,” he added.

“In my head I have these objectives, they are very clear. I can’t think after these objectives.”

The in-form front man scored 25 goals in La Liga last season, finishing third in the top scorer charts behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and has cleared up reports that he was deliberately being left out of Atletico’s Europa League matches ahead of a potential January exit.

“The reason I don’t play in the Europa League is because of a technical decision by [Atletico boss Diego] Simeone, not because I’m leaving in January. It’s just a precaution,” Falcao said.

“I am not friends with Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi. But when I see them on the field, I exchange words with the two.

“The dream is always there. The Premier League is an interesting league but I have a few years left on my contract with Atletico and I’m just focusing on Atletico.”

Referees favour Messi & Ronaldo, claims Atletico Madrid coach

 

The Atletico Madrid boss believes that referees are too hasty in giving decisions to the Clasico duo, and feels his forward should receive more protection. Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes that officials handle decisions regarding Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo differently to those concerning his forward Radamel Falcao.
The Argentine trainer has suggested that officials tend to give the duo preferential treatment, but urged them to be more cautious next time they see the Colombian felled.

“I don’t like to talk about [referees], but I do occasionally, and it’s clear that if you touch Messi and Ronaldo, it’s a foul, but when it happens to Falcao, then nothing is given,” the Argentine told reporters.

“I hope that in the future they are more alert.”

The Argentine went on to reflect on Sunday’s 2-0 win over Getafe, and admitted that his side still have a lot to work on in order to meet their goals for the season.

“We looked for the fastest way to the win and it was very effective. In the second half the team were not good.

“In the first half we had the situation we wanted on the pitch. I think it was very good. In the second [half] not so much, so I’m very happy with the result.”

Atletico Madrid currently sit second in La Liga, only three points behind table-toppers Barcelona.

Falcao not thinking about Atletico exit

 

The Colombian forward has dismissed speculation that he could leave the club as soon as January, and insists that he is enjoying life in the Spanish capital. Radamel Falcao has dampened speculation about his potential move away from Atletico Madrid by promising that he will honour his contract at the Vicente Calderon.

The Colombian has scored 10 goals in just eight Liga games this season, and speculation about a transfer is rife, with Real Madrid and Chelsea reportedly ready for a battle to secure his signature.

“I am happy and enjoying myself at my club,” he told Spanish television show Punta Pelota.

“I am not thinking about leaving at the moment. I never think about it. That idea is not in my head but we will see what happens in the future.”

Falcao has been named on the 23-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, but refused to talk about his chances of winning the award.

“Others are responsible for choosing, I just really appreciate being on the list alongside [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, who are both great players.”

Blues Are Unlikely to Acquire Radamel Falcao

 

After much speculation, Radamel Falcao will likely be staying with Atletico Madrid instead of joining Chelsea.

According Harry Harris of ESPN, the club does not want to spend the current asking price of £48 million on the forward. A source told Harris, “Chelsea will never pay such massive prices for a player again.”

This refers to the £50 million spent on striker Fernando Torres in 2011. It does not make sense for the team to now turn around and spend a similar amount of money to improve the same part of the field.

Despite the Blues’ want for another forward, the team is far from desperate. With six wins and 19 total points, the club already has a comfortable lead in the English Premier League. The defense has been outstanding and only Manchester United has scored more goals.

Still, the team expects the best. After winning the Champions League last year, Chelsea wants to return to that level again in 2013. A draw against Juventus in the first phase is good, but not exceptional. Chelsea also was able to see how good Radamel Falcao was first-hand at the end of August. The club was defeated 4-1 by Atletico Madrid, with Falcao earning a hat trick in the first half. The Colombian is skillful with the ball, knows how to finish around the net and is still improving.

If the club is able to add a player of this caliber, who knows what it can accomplish.

On the other hand, it does not always make sense to throw money at every player that comes along. Torres was an accomplished scorer for Liverpool before switching teams. He has been nothing less than a disappointment in his Chelsea career.
Falcao has little experience playing against elite competition and it is unknown how he will react in a bigger spotlight.

If this potential deal does fall apart like expected, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are also involved. These teams are capable of reaching the asking price, which could be up to £60 million, according to ESPN’s Miguel Delaney.

Whichever club ends up with Falcao will have acquired a tremendous talent. However, it will also acquire a very large bill that could likely prevent many future deals.

Hopefully, the decision-makers do not have any regret.