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).
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).