Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Falcao to Chelsea, Banega to Manchester United

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Chelsea are readying themselves to make a massive move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao in January, as Real Madrid join the race for the Colombian hot shot. Falcao, 27, is smashing in goals at the French club but with FIFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations set to come in, they need to get their summer signing from Atletico Madrid off the wage bill. A quick deal in January could see the Blues nip in before Real Madrid get a chance. Chelsea certainly need a clinical striker who can finish off the numerous chances thy create, and Falcao’s your man. Add in the fact that Monaco’s billionaire Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is good friends with Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich and Falcao’s agent is also Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s agent… and it all starts slotting together rather nicely.

Another striker heading to the Premier League could be Uruguayan international Diego Forlan. The 34-year-old forward, who previously played for Manchester United, is on Sam Allardyce’s radar and could be the extra attacker the Hammers desperately need as Andy Carroll remains sidelined through injury. Forlan currently plays in Brazil for Internacional but is keen on a switch back to Europe after he excelled in spells for Villarreal, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid following his three-year stint at Manchester United in  from 2001-2004. West Ham have scored just nine goals this season and Forlan’s predatory instincts could be exactly what the East London club needs to lift them up the table.

Argentine playmaker Ever Banega could be on his way to Manchester United in January as the 25-year-old attacking midfielder feels it’s time to move on from Valencia. Banega is a diminutive player who sprays the ball around and is always in and around the box creating chances and putting them away. United certainly have been lacking a midfield player who is wiling to pile forward and get his name on the score sheet, so Banega fits the bill perfectly. However he won’t come cheap, as he has a $75 million release clause in his contract but financial woes at Valencia could see them settle for $30 million for their prized possession.

Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady could be on his way to Everton as the Irish international has impressed Toffees boss Roberto Martinez. Former Celtic youth product McGeady has played in the Champions League on numerous occasions for the Russian club but wants a return to the UK. He is out of contract next summer and Spartak want to recoup some of the $13 million they paid for him in 2010 but Everton could snap him up for less then $8 million. A trick winger would suit the Toffees perfectly.

Newcastle United are continuing their search for a new striker and they have revived their interest in Bafetimbi Gomis. The Magpies failed to agree a deal in the summer for the Lyon and France striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Gomis, 28, is keen on a move to link up with Newcastle’s band of Frenchman and he could be heading to the Northeast in a cut-price deal in January.

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