White Hart Lane considers big money move for FC Porto hitman.
The Portuguese press have strongly linked two English clubs Aston Villa and Tottenham with a summer swoop for highly rated Colombian striking sensation Radamel Falcao. Liverpool tried to sign him last summer but Porto won the race and he has been a revelation in Portugal this season. Now both Aston Villa and Tottenham have been named as potential suitors in the Portuguese press although the player’s price tag will have increased dramatically after a superb prolific start to his Porto career.
Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate or plain old ‘Falcao’ as he’s usually known was expected to sign for the Reds for a fee of just 5.5m euros but it was Porto who instead signed the player to replace Lyon bound Lisandro Lopez. The player has already proved to be a bargain and Liverpool’s form this season suggests they missed out on a potential star who could have provided the firepower to compliment Fernando Torres or compete for a place with him. The Colombian’s performances in Portugal have attracted interest from both Martin O’Neill and Harry Redknapp with both looking to add to their attacking options this summer. Porto have not enjoyed a good season domestically as they sit 3rd in the league, a staggering 11 points behind leaders Benfica. However, Falcao’s performances and his goals have had scouts from Spurs and Villa flocking to the Estádio do Dragão.
The talented 24-year-old previously plied his trade for River Plate in Argentina but was sold to ease the financial situation of the cash-strapped club. Falcao had been linked to the Premier League in the past but a possible move to Martin O’Neill’s Villa in the 2009 January transfer window failed to materialise as well as summer moves to Arsenal and Manchester United. However, the performances of the player nicknamed the ‘Tigre’ (Tiger) brought the player to the attention to some of the biggest clubs in the world including reported past interest from Real Madrid and AC Milan. Despite the continued speculation a move to Europe was widely expected but perhaps not to Portugal. (Football Pools)
It will be interesting to see who puts a deal on the table for the 24 year old Colombian striker as it is likely that Porto will stick to their relatively inflated £18m price tag and the wonder is whether Tottenham are willing to fork out such a fee on a player who hasn’t plied his trade in a major European league.
However there is no denying that this season he has been a veritable goal machine for FC Porto where his 31 goals in all competitions have been the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season. Last season’s champions find themselves well off the pace and struggling to nab a Champions League place.
The financial losses the club will suffer if they do not get the second spot in the domestic league may force the Dragons to see Falcao or his strike partner Hulk. What might attract attention and interest in the former River Plate man would be the way he took to Champions League football like a duck to water, scoring four goals in seven games in his first season in the coveted competition.
Harry Redknapp may well offload Robbie Keane and could lose Roman Pavlyuchenko, who’s homesickness seems to come and go. The £18m price tag could come back to haunt Falcao if indeed no one wants to make such a bid but then perhaps the idea is to scare off interest in the Porto striker in which case perhaps it would be easier for the Portuguese side to just say “He’s not for sale!”.
Some reports suggest that Aston Villa are also considering making a move but it seems even less likely they will fork out such a fee. Is Redknapp or O’Neill believe that the lad has potential and that his success in Portugal could be replicated in a higher level league then they may just try and tempt the club with a smaller bid to test the water.