Are Manchester United helping City sign Falcao?

With just over 24 hours remaining until the transfer window closes, it looks as though Manchester United might be doing their rivals, Manchester City, in signing a fantastic striker. While United are behind City in the title odds with Betfair, one only has to look back at Arsenal’s sale of RvP to realise that strengthening your direct rivals is never a good idea.

It appeared as though Radamel Falcao was set to move to Real Madrid from Monaco, with him even tweeting about the move. He preferred a move to Spain over England, but that might not be a possibility now.

Rumours suggest that United have agreed a deal to loan Javier Hernandez to the Spanish giants, although an agreement on salary has yet to be finalised.

If this loan goes through, Falcao would no longer be required by Real Madrid, meaning City wouldn’t need to get themselves involved in a bidding war for the £55m striker.

After being fined £50m for breaching FFP, City are under pressure to generate more cash before they can buy. Álvaro Negredo, Micah Richards, Matija Nastasic and Scott Sinclair may all be on their way out of the club, after United have paved the way for Falcao to move to the other team in Manchester.