His name continues to be linked with top clubs across Europe as the clocks keep counting down to the window slamming shut on Monday night.
AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is apparently being shopped around, according to this report from ESPN, as the French side aim to get the Colombian’s lumpy salary off their wage bill as they restructure their squad.
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Falcao, 28, has recovered fully from an ACL injury which cut his first season in Ligue 1 short last year and also dashed he hopes of representing Los Cafeteros at the World Cup. The former Atletico Madrid striker joined Monaco last summer for a fee of $80 million and it’s believed he’s being offered around on a season-long loan deal.
The fee to ‘borrow’ Falcao for a season is reportedly $30 million, which seems rather high for a striker just coming off the back of a career threatening injury. However, his goalscoring record is pretty phenomenal.
Over the last five-and-half seasons of action Falcao has banged in 155 goals in 200 games for FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. If there are some teams out there in need of a predator, Falcao is your man. Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Juventus are the four teams mentioned in the report. So who needs him most?
Chelsea are facing an uncertain strikers situation as Diego Costa could be out for up to six weeks after a training ground injury with only a moody Fernando Torres and veteran Didier Drogba in reserve. Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud until January and have just Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo left as recognized strikers and Real Madrid, well, they can just buy anyone they want, can’t they?
Let’s see how the race for Radamel plays out between now and next Monday.
Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).
PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.
Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.
Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.
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No financial details were given.
The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.
Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.
Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.
The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.
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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.
He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.
That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.
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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”
Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.
Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.
Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.
The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.
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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.
It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.
Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.
Full Weekend Schedule
Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday