Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta believes Radamel Falcao preferred a move to the Italian club instead of Manchester United and only financial inferiority stopped it from happening.
United paid £6m to sign Falcao on a season long loan with the intention of signing him on a permanent deal if he enjoys a successful loan spell but Marotta insists that wasn’t Falcao’s first choice.
“We were following him and there was contact,” Marotta said.
“We were very close to [signing] Falcao and the player preferred Italy and our colours, but then United came forward and they have much more spending power than we do so the deal broke down.”
Juventus may have a rich history as a club but they cannot compete with United in terms of size, so Marotta can claim it was a purely financial decision by Falcao to move to Manchester but it was likely far more than that.
Falcao was part of a radical £150m summer overhaul under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal and the Colombian has become part of a new look United which is certainly an exciting prospect.
“Me and my family are happy here, and we would like to stay for many years at Manchester United,” Falcao told MUTV at the start of October.
For a man who ‘moved just for the money’, Falcao is already thinking about leaving a long term legacy behind him. Hardly sounds like a player who settled for a second choice.