Falcao was forced into a rather unconvincing denial after a tweet was sent from his official account on Saturday night which spoke of a ‘dream come true’ in reference to a move to the Bernabeu.
Coming just hours after he was withdrawn from Monaco’s matchday squad to face Lille, it appeared to be confirmation that the long-time Madrid target was close to joining the club on loan.
Falcao issued a statement to claim that the tweet was a fake and a “photo montage” – despite it being retweeted more than 2,000 times and appearing in his official feed.
Betfair suspended the market on Falcao moving to Real Madrid last night but reopened it this morning and have now installed City as favourites to land the prolific striker at odds of 2/5, with Real Madrid offered at 2/1.
THE VIEW FROM SPAIN
Cristian Maxedo, Eurosport Spain: “There is nothing new this morning. Manchester City seems to be his destiny. Now Javier Hernandez appears to be close to a move to Real Madrid."
THE VIEW FROM FRANCE
Maxime Dupuis, Eurosport France: “There is nothing new this morning, apart from L’Equipe linking Falcao with a move to … Valencia.”
THE VIEW ON TWITTER
Bookies’ odds are not always reliable indicators of imminent transfer moves – and rather unhinged Twitter accounts even less so - but neither should they be disregarded entirely. Often a rush of money on a certain outcome reflects inside information leaking out or strong whispers being acted upon.
What seems certain is that Falcao will be leaving Monaco, and with strong whispers that Chicharito could end up at Madrid, who would bet against him joining City and moving to England? We will have to see how things develop over the next 24 hours or so...
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