UPDATE: On Friday, AS Monaco confirmed, on their official website, that Falcao had been signed on a five-year deal. Atlético followed suit on their website shortly after, wishing the striker well on his new adventure.
“Atlético Madrid wish [Falcao] a lot of luck at his new destination, and we thank him for his great display of professionalism he has shown in the two seasons he played for our club,” Atleti’s website read.
Atlético have reportedly agreed to sell their famous forward Falcao to Monaco. Ever since his arrival two years ago, it was apparent that the Colombian would leave, and after two hugely successful years, he finally will.
A deal between the two clubs over the transfer is said to have been reached on Tuesday, after Falcao had already passed a medical examination and negotiated the terms of a contract. He was allowed to miss today’s training session in order to wrap his transfer up.
The Monégasques will pay the Rojiblancos €45m for ‘El Tigre’, who will be earning a net salary of €14m a year on a four-year deal in the principality, according to AS. However, Cadena SER says the fee paid by Monaco is €63m and Falcao’s annual salary will be €12m on a five-year deal.
One explanation for the €18m discrepancy is that it includes the various fees paid to the Colombian’s former team River Plate, and the various parties with a stake in his transfer rights.
Falcao had been linked with a host of clubs before nouveau-riche Monaco made their interest known. Their multi-billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is said to be a big fan of the top Rojiblanco goalscorer.
In Monaco, ‘El Tigre’ will be reunited with his compatriot James Rodríguez and João Moutinho, his former teammates at Porto, who have also been acquired by the big-spending Monégasques this month.