Radamel Falcao completed a stunning loan move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day, but the striker’s father has revealed that the player could have easily joined Real Madrid. It is understood that the Spanish champions were leading the race to sign the 28-year-old from Monaco. However, the presence of Karim Benzema at Madrid made it difficult for the Spanish club to guarantee a first-team spot for the Colombian international. A marquee signing of club president Florentino Perez, Benzema is one important players at the club.

Falcao was recently given the number nine shirt at United. In his first press conference, he stated that the Premier League outfit were his first choice destination, but the striker hinted at in joining Madrid just a few hours before the United move came close. Falcao’s father has revealed in an interview to a radio station that the Spanish club wanted to sign the 28-year-old, but they were keen on imposing a lot of sanctions that made it almost impossible for Falcao to earn the same amount of money as he is doing in Monaco. The forward is currently on a contract worth £ 200,000 per week tax-free income.

It is believed that in order to offset the taxes, United will be paying the striker an astonishing £ 18 million per season or £ 350,000 a week.

“The deal with Real Madrid did not happen because if you have money and you go to the market to buy a shirt or a pair of trousers, you have to decide whether to buy it or not. Real Madrid chose not to. I don’t know, I have the feeling they wanted the player for free with a number of conditions. In any case, they bought the trousers and shirt they wanted and they considered that to be better. We have to accept it,” said Falcao’s father.