Valencia believe they are in pole position to land Radamel Falcao with super-agent Jorge Mendes now convinced Manchester United won’t sign the on-loan Monaco striker permanently, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
Mendes is thought to have already held talks with Monaco about a deal with Valencia – who are ironically owned by United fan Peter Lim, a billionaire businessman from Singapore.
Although Monaco want £44million from Manchester United for Falcao, it’s believed his performances at Old Trafford this season have forced the French club into a re-think on his value.
And it’s believed Mendes will try to negotiate a more realistic £30m fee for the 29-year-old Colombia international Falcao, who has failed to set Old Trafford alight since joining them as a last-gasp summer transfer window signing.
Falcao hasn’t provided enough goal-scoring evidence that he’s fully recovered and back to his best after a cruciate knee injury last year that forced him to miss the World Cup in Brazil.
United boss Louis van Gaal hasn’t made a final decision on Falcao, but United’s scouts have stepped up their Europe-wide search for strikers in the last few weeks.
Burnley believe free-agent-to-be Danny Ings could end up at Old Trafford, while Van Gaal recently ordered a look at Borussia Dortmund’s 25-year-old French forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Scouts from the Old Trafford giants have also tracked Palermo’s Argentinian goal-getter Paulo Dybala and Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson