Chelsea and Man City target Radamel Falcao is worth £45m asking price
Sharethematch.com looks at whether Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao is worth his reported price tag of £50m
Is Falcao worth £45m?
Atletico Madrid have announced that star striker and prize asset Radamel Falcao will not be sold this January, but could leave in the summer with Chelsea and Manchester City interested.
Los Colchoneros have suffered financial difficulties in recent times, and have had to sell their best players to stay afloat.
The sale of Fernando Torres to Liverpool raised around £20m, while Sergio Aguero’s move to Manchester City last summer fetched £38m.
Most of that fee was spent on signing Falcao from Porto, and he has not disappointed, going on to score 47 goals in 57 appearances for the Estadio Vicente Calderón outfit.
The Colombian has become one of the hottest properties in world football following his two goals in the Europa League final last year, and his hat-trick against Chelsea in the Super Cup final.
As well as possessing raw pace he is two-footed, good in the air and deadly from the penalty spot – everything you could want in a striker.
The fact the Atletico hierarchy have admitted Falcao may have to be sold next summer to help the club balance the books has put a few big-money sides on red alert.
Despite his undoubted talent, is he worth the £45m quoted? Judging by the success of Atletico’s previous striking talents, he should be snapped up in a heartbeat.
No way Bac for Sagna at Arsenal
Bacary Sagna is now surplus to requirements at Arsenal and should be sold to Internazionale or Real Madrid for a fee in excess of £10m this summer.
Sagna is now 29, has suffered two broken legs in the last 12 months against Tottenham and Norwich respectively, while Arsenal youngster Carl Jenkinson has now emerged as a right back of some quality in his absence.
The French defender has two years left on his current deal, has seen his close friend Alex Song depart for Barcelona in the summer, has criticised Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy in recent weeks and has openly questioned whether he will sign a new deal anyway.
In terms of resale value, Wenger could generate a sizeable fee if he offloads Sagna in the next six months, while the alternative would be to offer him a one-year contract extension or even let him run down his current deal and eventually leave for free in 2014.
Wenger tends to sell players at just the right time – Marc Overmars, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Manu Petit all spring to mind – they all left for big money and never hit the heights of their Arsenal days again at their respective new destinations.
Under Steve Bould’s tenure, Jenkinson has been outstanding for Arsenal this season and only on Tuesday was voted the club’s second best player in the month of September behind Santi Cazorla.
It is a far cry from the inexperienced Jenkinson that was sent off in the 8-2 mauling at Manchester United just over 12 months ago and shows the progress he has made.
Wenger might feel the need to go and find an experienced deputy to Jenkinson should Sagna depart – he did that recently with Andre Santos after the departure of Gael Clichy to Manchester City last summer.
But either way, don’t expect to see Sagna in an Arsenal shirt next season – his days at the Emirates are numbered.