Monday, 13 May 2013

Falcao Tempted by Monaco’s Millions?

Scott Gaynor

Radamel answering my question of how big the cheque they’re offering is. 

If Radamel Falcao signs for AS Monaco this summer, the integrity of the game, rather than Atlético Madrid, will be the real loser. Spanish station ‘La Sexta’ ran with a piece this week detailing that Claudio Ranieri’s men had made a move for the Columbian international, and the French paper L’Equipe are also now running the story. Yes, we live in a world where money talks, but this move would surely top the lot.

I was fortunate enough to be at the Aviva Stadium for the Europa League final between F.C. Porto and S.C. Braga and Falcao himself scored the winner in a 1-0 victory for Porto. Porto had an incredible front two with Falcao and Hulk leading the line and if this transfer comes off it looks like they’ve more in common than the fact both played under André Villas Boas in Portugal.

Hulk has since left Portugal and teamed up with Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of £32 million. Similarly to Falcao’s situation now, Hulk could have potentially joined the bulk of the traditional big European clubs, challenging for trophies in the biggest leagues. But instead he went off to Russsia for a big pay day. Maybe that’s a bit harsh. Maybe it was his childhood dream when he played on the sandy beaches of Brazil to put the Russian league on the map instead of challenging for top European and International honours. Yeah, I didn’t think so either. 

Falcao and Hulk appear to have similar ambitions in the game.

Falcao has been linked to some of the European big guns, as constant speculation connects him with a move to Chelsea with Fernando Torres’ long-term future in doubt. If José Mourinho takes charge at Stamford Bridge, as is expected, he certainly fits the profile of someone that the Special One would look to bring in to shake up the squad. 

So why would he want to join a soon-to-be newly promoted French side? Well they do have ambitions plans and are being backed by a Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. He wants to put Monaco on the map as a top football club alongside PSG in France and on the European stage and there is talk that former Chelsea boss Ranieri has over €200 million to form a team with lofty ambitions. Falcao has a release clause of €60 million and Monaco are believed to be willing to trigger it.

But Monaco haven’t won the top league in over 13 years and were relegated in 2011. Carlo Ancelotti and PSG already have a big head start on them in terms of putting a squad together to go and challenge the European elite. I do see the attraction of the surroundings, but can’t he go there on a well-earned holiday after a tough campaign at a club in the upper echelons of European football. Yes Monaco will pay big, but does it really matter if you’re on £300,000 a week instead £200,000? He’s going to be paid top dollar wherever he goes so I can’t see why he doesn’t have ambitions to play for a bigger club.
Learn from Hulk’s mistake Radamel. Don’t Mona-go. (I couldn’t resist) 


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