Manchester Utd sign Falcao: a panic buy?

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With £150m of attacking talent already at his disposal, few expected Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to dip back into the transfer market for another forward.

But the Dutchman did exactly that on transfer deadline day – snapping up Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal.

The Colombian, 28, is generally considered as one of the world’s most lethal attackers, having scored 104 goals in 139 league games for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco since moving to Europe in 2009.

Manchester United’s summer signings

Player Signed from Position Fee
Ander Herrera Athletic Bilbao Central midfield £29m
Luke Shaw Southampton Left-back £27m
Marcos Rojo Sporting Lisbon Left-sided defender £16m
Angel Di Maria Real Madrid Attacking midfielder £59.7m
Daley Blind Ajax Defence/midfield £13.8m
Radamel Falcao Monaco Forward Season-long loan

“Falcao totally came out of the blue. I don’t think anyone woke up on Monday and thought he was going…

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