Marotta: Falcao wanted to join Juventus

Published October 27th, 2014 - 09:34 GMT
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao wanted to join Juventus this summer before being coerced into his €10 million loan move to Manchester United, according to the Turin club's managing director Giuseppe Marotta.

Falcao joined Monaco last summer but the Ligue 1 club decided to cash in on many of their biggest players - including his Colombian compatriot James Rodriguez to Real Madrid - during the last transfer window and Louis van Gaal's side won the race for his signature on deadline day.

The Scudetto holders were one of the many clubs reported to be interested and Marotta confirmed those suspicions, claiming the Colombian striker was keen to ditch Monaco for Turin before the Ligue 1 club struck a deal with the Red Devils.

"We followed Falcao, but there has been no contact since he moved to Manchester United," the Juve chief told Domenica Sportiva.

"We were very close to signing him and the striker wanted to give priority to move to Italy to wear Bianconeri colours.

"Then, however, a deal was done to send the forward to Manchester United, who now have a preferential right of purchase, though that deal is a little blurred."

Falcao has scored once in five appearances for the Red Devils so far this season, compared to the two goals he netted for Monaco in three games before leaving the Stade Louis II.


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