Thursday’s reports claiming Atlético striker Radamel Falcao had agreed a move to Ligue 1-bound outfit Monaco completely caught the football world off guard, and was immediately written off as tabloid fodder by many.
But a member of ‘El Tigre’s’ social circle told us Falcao had confirmed to him he would be leaving this summer, though according to our source, the forward’s destination was unknown.
“Now Falcao’s going to Monaco? We’re going to go all around the world!” exclaimed Atlético president Enrique Cerezo when questioned about the rumours.
Meanwhile, Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri, who happens to have an unkind history with Atleti given that he presided over the club in the 1999/2000 season that saw los Rojiblancos get relegated for the first time in their history, played down the speculation, telling reporters on Friday:
“Falcao will join Monaco? Oh yes, just like Beckham. I like rumours too. When he will come I will tell you.”
But Spanish paper AS now report that the Colombian’s transfer is indeed all wrapped up with the Monegasque-based club.
According to the Madrid-based sports daily, Atleti will receive €55 million for their superstar, who is said to have met up with Monaco chairman Dimitry Rybolovlev back in November in Madrid.
It’s very interesting to note that the 27-year-old’s contract will reportedly contain a clause that would allow him to leave in January so long as the team he joins is qualified for Champions League action.