Galatasaray have confirmed they’ve begun negotiations to sign Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco before Monday’s transfer deadline.
With less than a year left on his contract, Falcao’s future appears to lie away from French giants Monaco.
Reports have linked the 33-year-old with a big-money move to Galatasaray pretty much all summer. However, this is the first time the Turkish side have actually come forward and confirmed their interest.
Although the club board only released a brief statement this weekend to confirm their intentions to sign Falcao. So, it’s still unknown just how far talks with Monaco or the striker have progressed.
“Negotiations have started with the footballer and club AS Monaco on the transfer of Radamel Falcao to our club,” read Galatasaray’s statement.
Falcao, of course, has rediscovered his best form at Monaco following a disastrous two-year loan spell at Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Colombia international has managed an impressive haul of 83 goals in just 140 appearances for Les Monegasques.
Despite his advancing years, Falcao still finished comfortably as Monaco’s top-scorer last season on a respectable 15 goals in 33 Ligue games. His closest rival was Youri Tielemans, who now plays at Leicester City, on five goals.
But it seems head coach Leonardo Jardim is prepared to let his captain leave the club this summer. This decision likely comes following a disastrous campaign last season, which saw Monaco finish 17th in the league and just two points above the relegation zone.
The eight-time French champions have since invested heavily in new talent, with €139m spent in the transfer window.
Among the new guys are Wissam Ben Yedder, Gelson Martins and Tiemoue Bakayoko – who rejoined Monaco on Saturday in a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.