Unai Emery wants to sign Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco, according to a report in Spain, though Real Betis and Sevilla are both trying to bring the striker back to La Liga.
The report originated in Don Balon, so it’s definitely worth taking with a pinch of salt. Apparently, they’re tired of linking Arsenal to Karim Benzema every single transfer window, so they’ve moved on to another striker with connections to La Liga.
Falcao spent a couple of years with Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2013, scoring 70 goals in 91 games. That earned him a big money move to Monaco, but just a year later he was on the move again, spending time on loan with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Though those temporary spells didn’t go as planned, partly thanks to a number of injuries, Falcao has improved significantly in his second spell with Monaco. The striker has 69 goals in 114 games since the start of 2016/17, and he now has just one year left on his contract in France.
Don Balon claim Arsenal join Betis and Sevilla in chasing a summer transfer. Falcao could reportedly be tempted by European football and a higher salary at the Emirates Stadium, compared to the two La Liga clubs.
Arsenal signing Falcao for a discounted fee, given his expiring contract, wouldn’t actually be a terrible idea. The striker has been back to his best since overcoming his injury problems, and he’s great in the air, scoring 25% of his goals for Monaco with his head in Ligue 1 and the Champions League since 2016.
The Gunners could use a striker like that as a backup to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but if Don Balon is the only source, I wouldn’t expect anything to come of the story.