The Asian Age

Fal­cao leads Europe trans­fer frenzy


Paris, Sept. 1: Manch­ester United swooped from nowhere on Mon­day to make striker Radamel Fal­cao the sur­prise big sign­ing on the last day of Europe’s record- break­ing sum­mer trans­fer win­dow.

Bri­tish me­dia said the Colom­bian would have to pass a med­i­cal to seal the move from Monaco in a one year loan that pushes United’s spend­ing since the open­ing of the trans­fer mar­ket on June 9 above £ 150 mil­lion ($ 250 mil­lion).

Teams from the top leagues in Eng­land, Spain, Ger­many, Italy and France have laid out more than $ 2.1 bil­lion dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow and the fren­zied last day is likely to see the fig­ure rise sub­stan­tially.

Manch­ester United have been the sin­gle big­gest spenders, ahead of Spain’s Real Madrid.

Manch­ester United are buy­ing Da­ley Blind from Ajax Am­s­ter­dam and have also brought in Ar­gen­tine in­ter­na­tional An­gel di Maria from Real Madrid for £ 59 mil­lion, Span­ish in­ter­na­tional An­der Her­rera, Eng­land de­fender Luke Shaw and another Ar­gen­tine Mar­cos Rojo.

The ar­rival of 28- year- old Fal­cao sparked new moves around United, who have failed to win any of their first three games in the Premier League.

United’s Eng­land striker Danny Well­beck was also tipped to move dur­ing the day. Their Ja­panese striker Shinji Ka­gawa re­turned to for­mer club Borus­sia Dort­mund on Sun­day.

Man City’s de­fender Micah Richards was in Italy for a med­i­cal with Fiorentina, the Ital­ian side said. Chelsea’s Dutch mid­fielder Marco van Ginkel joined AC Mi­lan.

Italy’s World Cup striker Alessio Cerci moved from Torino to Atletico Madrid, who have signed 10 play­ers for their cam­paign to de­fend the Span­ish ti­tle. Ac­cord­ing to Fifa’s Trans­fer Match­ing Sys­tem, which mon­i­tors the global mar­ket, the big five leagues have al­ready smashed the $ 2.02 bil­lion spent on last year’s trans­fer mar­ket.

Spend­ing is dra­mat­i­cally higher this year in Eng­land, Spain and to a lesser de­gree Ger­many.

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