United to splash cash for £42million Falcao
The 27-year-old Colombian striker is one of the hottest properties in European football with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all interested in his services.
But it appears United are the side in pole position to sign him. Reports from Spanish newspaper Marca suggest that "a down payment has reportedly been made" and that Falcao is "just a step away from United".
Marca add that the sequence of events is nothing new because "the same thing happened two seasons ago when David de Gea left the Vicente Calderón to become a Red Devil". De Gea moved to Old Trafford for around £17m (€20m) while Falcao is expected to cost United around £42m (€50m).
Falcao has scored 22 goals in La Liga this season and sits third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the scoring charts.