Of the many wanted strikers in world football currently none look quite as appealing as Porto’s Colombian player Radamel Falcao. He has scored 38 goals in 42 games this season and has helped Porto break all kinds of records this season. Out of the 38 this term, he scored 17 goals in 14 games in the Europa League; which broke Jurgen Klinsmann’s record of 15 goals.
He began his career at River Plate in Argentina where he progressed through the ranks. The 2007-8 season was when he really began to make his mark by scoring 19 goals in 39 games. He followed it up with an impressive season the following year and a move to Europe was in the offing.
The dream of a big money move to Europe materialised when Porto paid €3.9 million for him. He enjoyed a remarkable debut season which saw his new win the Portuguese Cup and finish third in the League. Again he was prolific and scored 34 goals in 43 games which is a remarkable return in a debut season in a new country.
However, it is his performances this season that has made people sit up and take note. He has been playing in a very attacking side under new manager Andre Villas-Boas who has got Porto playing a new, attacking brand of football. He has relished it and during their successful season contributed 38 goals in 42 games which is a truly outstanding return. He has been blessed with two great feet and an incredible ability to head the ball which has certainly caught the eye of many Premier league suitors.
The understanding was that he wanted to remain at Porto next season and have a crack at the Champions League again. However, news emerging in the last few days has alerted both Arsenal and Spurs to his availability. The current rumour mill has quoted a price of around £26 million (which is his release clause) but when you consider he has scored 72 goals in 85 games since moving to Europe. His physical prowess would certainly suit him to the Premier League and it is hard to see him not succeeding in England. Only time will tell.