It may only be a mock-up but if Radamel Falcao listens to Faustino Asprilla, who he idolised growing up, it could be a reality next season.
Falcao has been told by Asprilla that he has to join Manchester United if he wants to be regularly competing for trophies in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old is one of the best strikers on the planet having scored over 30 goals in each of the past four seasons for Atletico Madrid and Porto respectively.
And Colombian legend Asprilla, who is second in the national all-time goalscoring list, has told Falcao that United is the right place for him.
He said: “We were talking and he asked me my opinion on who he should join. He knows that every big club in the world wants him. He is not a player motivated by money – what he wants is somewhere that his family will be happy and where he will have success.
“If he signs for Manchester United – he would be their missing piece in the Champions League. Robin van Persie and Radamel would be unstoppable.” Faustino Asprilla
“With teams like Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City they have good times then they have bad times – that is why I told him he must choose Manchester United. Every season they are challenging – and if he wants success that is where I have told him to go.”
Asprilla’s words will certainly carry some weight given his standing in Colombia and the ex-Newcastle striker believes that United is the right destination not just because of how they compete every season but because of the ethos of the club as a whole.
He continued: “Also they don’t have all the behaviour away from the field – with changing coaches every season.
“They are steady in all that they do – and a well run club at every level. He is a real family guy – and Radamel will appreciate that and the way that Sir Alex Ferguson protects his players like family.”
“It is difficult for me to explain how good he is – he is the best finisher in the world. The only striker who has played in the Premier League who is on his finishing level is Alan Shearer.
“If he signs for Manchester United – he would be their missing piece in the Champions League. Robin van Persie and Radamel would be unstoppable.”
Rumours linking Falcao to United have steadily increased ever since Marca ran a front page splash claiming he was on his way to the club.
Although Ferguson has quashed rumours and Falcao has admitted he is not listening to the rumours, there is a real buzz around this potential transfer.
And you have to imagine that Falcao will listen to the words of advice from Asprilla given the fact he idolised him when he was a kid.
Speaking to The Times, Falcao admitted: “England? One day, I could go. It is a game I have watched for a long time and one day I would like to sample it.
“I used to watch it on television when I was a kid. Players like Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, [Gianfranco] Zola. But the one I supported was [Faustino] Asprilla, when he was at Newcastle. I think I could adapt to England. I think I could score goals.”
A potential partnership of Van Persie and Falcao is something that dreams are made of. Last season, no fan thought that United needed a striker before van Persie came in and look at how important he has been this season – maybe this summer will be the same with Falcao.