Radamel García, padre of a certain Radamel Falcao, has confirmed Arsenal were in fact interested in signing the Colombia star on Deadline Day however the player seemed set on moving to Manchester United.
The Monaco forward is on a season long loan spell with the Red Devils and is expected to become permanent deal, but with extravagant £365k a week his wages it was something that was well out of Arsenal’s price range.
The player was courted by several clubs all summer, namely Real Madrid but a move to the La Liga giants failed to materialize due to their desire to include “a series of conditions and things” in his contract. That probably included a contingency plan if he broke down like last season.
Despite the exorbitant wage package and hefty loan fee for the striker, Arsenal apparently displayed a late interest but it was to be in vein with Falcao already made his mind up to play for the Manchester giants. The Gunners did benefit from the deal however with Danny Welbeck wanting to play Champions League football (who can blame him?) and joined the Gunners late on Monday night.
According to AS Futball, García told Spanish radio:
Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool which also touched him were interested at the last minute… Fortunately he has ended up at Manchester United, a great team, that it needs to move forward.
Although the player has been prolific, his serious ACL injury last season is a worry for a player whose game is based upon his mobility. At £300k + a week there was absolutely no way the Gunners could have afforded the Colombian hit man let alone a hefty £6million loan fee.
It is interesting to hear that Arsenal did make an enquiry, certainly we have to take his words with a pinch of salt, but it may prove Wenger was indeed sniffing around for marquee centre forward. Danny Welbeck is not a bad last minute solution however, looking forward to see how the Englishman integrates into the side.