Falcao denies Real Madrid tweet

The Colombian had apparently tweeted that he was set to join the European Champions, saying it was a “dream come true” but he has since insisted the picture was fake


Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has dismissed claims that he is leaving to join Real Madrid, claiming picture of a tweet saying a move was imminent was fake.

The Colombian triggered suggestions he was imminetly leaving Stade Louis II when he was inexplicably left out of Leonardo Jardim’s matchday squad for their 1-1 draw with Lille on Saturday.

Reports were rife about where the ex-Atletico Madrid man might be departing Ligue 1 for, with Manchester City, Juventus, Arsenal and Real Madrid all named as contenders in the chase for the 28-year-old.

But Falcao looked like he had ended speculation over his future by declaring his loyalties to Carlo Ancelotti’s men, as a picture of a tweet in which he had declared that the move to the Santiago Bernabeu a “dream come true” started to spread through social media. The tweet had supposedly been posted and then quickly deleted by the attacker.

However, the striker took to social media to declare that the tweet was false.

I have to refute a story about a tweet I have not done, that is photoshopped.”

Tengo que desmentir una noticia sobre un tweet que no he hecho y que es un foto montaje.

— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) August 30, 2014

Monaco are yet to comment about whether Falcao is leaving the club after just a single full season with the club, while Real Madrid have similarly kept quiet on the rumours regarding the forward.

Falcao set to depart Monaco after Lille snub

The Colombian striker was originally named in the squad for Saturday’s match but his late omission has raised serious questions over his future in France


Monaco striker Radamel Falcao appears close to leaving the Ligue 1 outfit after being left out of the team to face Lille on Saturday.

Head coach Leonardo Jardim had initially named the Colombian forward in a panel of 19 to face the northern outfit and, having started last weekend’s match against Nantes it was fully anticipated that he would once again feature from the outset at Stade Louis II, particularly after he scored in that clash.

Falcao, who missed the second half of last season with a serious knee problem sustained in a Coupe de France match in January, has, however, been closely linked with a move away from the principality for much of the summer.

Monaco have not reported any further physical complaints from their forward, and so it appears that this exit is likely to come in the next few days, with French media suggesting that a deal could even be completed on Saturday evening.

Several sides have been closely associated with the 28-year-old forward, including Manchester City, Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

While it is expected that Monaco’s asking price of €65 million will be too great to tempt suitors before the end of the transfer window, it appears likely that the ex-Atletico Madrid and Porto striker will instead be shipped out on a one-year loan, expected to cost the purchasing club €20m.

Falcao’s record in France reads that he has scored 13 goals in 22 matches, though he has been criticised for his failure to replicate his Atletico Madrid form in Ligue 1.

Wenger: Arsenal won't sign Falcao, Song or Welbeck

The Gunners have been linked with moves for the trio before the transfer window closes, but the Frenchman insists that none of them is currently on his radar


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out summer moves for a trio of players including Radamel Falcao, Alex Song and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.

England international Welbeck, who Goal understands has asked for showdown talks with United manager Louis van Gaal, could be offloaded before the window closes while Barcelona midfielder Song has been tipped to leave the Liga giants in the coming days.

Falcao has also been linked with Arsenal, but Wenger insists the 28-year-old is not an affordable target, with Real Madrid a more realistic destination if the Colombian is to leave the Ligue 1 side.

When asked about Falcao, Wenger insisted the former Porto striker was not in his price range and revealed that Welbeck was also not a target for the Gunners. As for a possible deal for Song, the Frenchman said: “Alex Song will not be coming back.”

Olivier Giroud is set to be out for around four months after undergoing surgery on a broken tibia, although Wenger is convinced that Alexis Sanchez is capable of leading the line in his absence.

The Gunners boss said of the Chile international, who struck the winning goal in Wednesday’s Champions League play-off victory over Besiktas: “[Can Alexis play up front for] three or four months? He can play there his whole life.

“I bought him to play as a striker, not to play only on the flanks. I believe you cannot everytime buy when a player is injured.”

When asked if Arsenal would be signing a defender or midfielder, Wenger said: “We are open for any position as long as we feel that the player can strengthen the squad.

“Buy to buy, I don’t see the purpose of that. If we find the players who we feel can give something to our squad, we will do it in any position. We are open but it has to be enough to buy. It has to make sense.”
 

Falcao: I hope to stay at Monaco

The Colombia international is being heavily linked with both Juventus and AC Milan – but the striker says that, contrary to reports, he has no desire to depart the principality


Radamel Falcao has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Monaco, insisting that he wants to stay at the Stade Louis II.

The Colombia international only joined the Ligue 1 outfit from Atletico Madrid last year but it has been reported that he is desperate to leave the principality before the close of this summer’s transfer window.

Juventus and AC Milan are among those said to be interested in signing the striker on loan for the 2014-15 campaign but Falcao claims he has no desire to depart Monaco.

“I’m happy here and I hope to stay,” the 28-year-old told Canal+ after scoring the only goal in his club’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 rivals Nantes on Sunday night.

Falcao’s appearance at the Stade de la Beaujoire represented the forward’s first start for Monaco since suffering knee ligament damage in January.

Khedira, Vidal & the players who could still leave their clubs before deadline day

With the end of the transfer window fast approaching, Goal takes a look at some of the players who could win a move away from their clubs


By Enis Koylu

Though the majority of clubs would much rather do their transfer business early, a mixture between the market’s nuances and poor planning leaves them scrambling in the final days before the deadline to get the players they need.

This year will be no different, with teams across Europe desperate to add big names to their squad. Which stars could still move on? Goal is here to bring you all the answers.

SAMI KHEDIRA

Although Carlo Ancelotti was adamant when asked that Sami Khedira would be staying at Real Madrid, the fact that he has just one year left on his contract and plenty of competition for a place in midfield means there will be no shortage of suitors for the Germany star.

His injury record – including a lengthy layoff last year for a torn anterior cruciate ligament – may put off interested parties but his status at the Santiago Bernabeu will make him an enticing proposition. His experience of winning the Champions League and the World Cup will only intensify interest in his services.

Prices as low as €15 million have been quoted, with the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich said to be interested, but his hefty wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block.

Barcelona’s decision to sign Alex Song two years ago looks more and more puzzling with each passing day and though there might be trouble drumming up interest, the Catalans would be happy to sell him this summer, given their new acquisitions at centre-back and their wealth of talent in midfield.

The Cameroonian does boast extensive experience in the Premier League and guarantees a knowhow of the physical side of the game, but his time at Camp Nou, where he failed to impress, may put off any suitors.

RADAMEL FALCAO

With Monaco having already sold James Rodriguez this summer, another big name Colombian star signed last year may be the next to leave Stade Louis II.

Real Madrid have long been credited with an interest in his services and may want an alternative to Karim Benzema up front, while there have also been rumours of interest from Serie A champions Juventus in recent days.

The former Atletico Madrid star brings with him a guarantee of goals – he has already scored twice in Ligue 1 this season, and arguably deserves a better club than Monaco. A loan move seems the most likely eventuality, with a €20m price regularly quoted to take the 28-year-old for a year.

EDINSON CAVANI

After flattering to deceive and playing largely out of position during his first season at Paris Saint-Germain, rumours of a move away from Ligue 1 have never truly left Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan says he is happy to stay put for now and the club will have no intention of selling him, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic sidelined and approaching 33.

Liverpool were rebuffed in their advances for the former Napoli man earlier in the summer, but the injury sustained by Olivier Giroud has prompted speculation that Arsenal could launch an audacious €62 million bid for him.

ADRIEN RABIOT

The spate of big-name signings in recent years has left Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot’s chances of breaking into the first team few and far between and the talented midfielder could leave the French capital this summer in search of regular playing time.

An able passer of the ball and with a hefty frame to boot, the 19-year-old is capable of doing a job in both halves for any team that sign him, with Arsenal, Juventus, AC Milan and Roma all said to be monitoring him.

It is unclear whether his club regard him as available for transfer, but the precocious teenager looks to have a big career ahead of him.

Having been pushed out of the Chelsea first team by Thibaut Courtois this summer, Jose Mourinho has admitted that Petr Cech is unhappy with his situation at Stamford Bridge and there would be no shortage of suitors for the Czech goalkeeper’s services.

He has been with his current employers a decade now, winning a host of titles during his time at west London, including the Champions League, where he was the penalty-saving hero in the final.

At 32, he has more than a few good years left in him and has intimated that he would not like to stay put to be second choice. Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are both said to be interested and, given his new status as a squad player, he may be available for around €12m.

FERNANDO TORRES

The arrivals of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge this summer have pushed Fernando Torres to third choice striker at Chelsea, something the Spain international will undoubtedly be unhappy about.

Now 30, his best years are firmly behind him and with his stock having fallen to the level where he could be considered a bargain, he could prove to be good cover for a team needing to bolster their front line and AC Milan, Liverpool and Valencia are among the teams to have been linked with his services.

However, despite the Spaniard’s low asking price and exerpience in both club and international football, many teams may consider him to be damaged goods and would be unwilling to meet his wage demands. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed the Serie A side’s interest, but they may only move for a loan deal.

LUKAS PODOLSKI

Though Lukas Podolski looked certain to leave Arsenal just a few days ago, the injury to Olivier Giroud has thrown his exit into doubt, though the Gunners may still be tempted to cash in if a suitable offer arrives for the Germany star’s services, though they would want to make a profit on the €12m they spent on him at this stage.

The former Koln man has always been on the fringes at the Emirates Stadium due to questions over his work rate, but he has a happy knack of finding the target thanks to his lethal finishing and smart positioning.

Wolfsburg and Juventus are among the teams to have been most heavily linked with a move for the Poland-born attacker, but Giroud’s injury may ensure that he stays put.

JUAN CUADRADO

Barcelona want Juan Cuadrado. Juan Cuadrado wants Barcelona. The only problem is that Fiorentina do not want to sell the Colombian. At least, not now.

Viola president Andrea Dalle Valle admitted earlier this month that the player would be granted his wish to leave the Artemio Franchi – as long as the club’s asking price (believed to be in the region of €40m) was met.

However, the news that Giuseppe Rossi is again being troubled by his right knee has changed everything, as Fiorentina now have little interest in losing one talented attacker while there are serious doubts over the fitness of another – particularly on the eve of the new Serie A season.

ARTURO VIDAL

Speculation over Arturo Vidal’s future simply refuses to disappear and though Juventus have been steadfast in their insistence that the Chilean will not be leaving Turin, there is still a possibility that he may sign with another club before the end of the transfer window.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man has developed into one of the world’s finest midfielders during his time in Serie A and is a proven performer at the top level, bringing with him a guarantee of goals, tireless running and outstanding play in both halves.

Manchester United remain the most likely destination for the 27-year-old but reportedly have worries over his fitness. The last price listed for the Santiago native was merely €42.5m – a paltry amount for the quality that he provides.

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART

After flirting perilously close to relegation last year, Hamburg have to rebuild so they do not slip into the 2. Bundesliga for the first time in their history and Rafael van der Vaart may be the biggest casualty.

Signed two years ago from Tottenham, the Dutchman commands a hefty salary which HSV are eager to cut from their wage bill, while the club have already sounded out Lewis Holtby as a potential replacement for the attacking midfielder.

Trabzonspor are known to be interested in the Netherlands international, who brings with him a wealth of experience at international and club level.