Rooney facing Man Utd exit as Ferguson lines up Falcao

Wayne Rooney would move a step closer to the Manchester United exit door if Sir Alex Ferguson lands Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, the Daily Mirror has reported.

United face competition from Manchester City and Chelsea in the battle to land the prolific Colombia international, but the Old Trafford club believe they can sign the 27-year-old for £35m – despite Falcao’s buyout clause standing at £50m.

It has been reported in Spain that negotiations between the clubs are already underway, while Falcao is represented by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who counts Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho among his clients, as well as current United players Anderson and Luis Nani.

The Mirror adds that United are counting on their relationship with Mendes to push through the deal for Falcao, particularly when it comes to the complicated issue of player ownership. A large percentage of Falcao’s rights are said be controlled by a third-party investor who helped fund Atletico’s move for Falcao when they signed him from Porto for £32m in 2011.

Should Falcao move to United, it could offer encouragement to parties interested in signing Rooney, the newspaper claims. Falcao would command half the wages of Rooney and is the same age as the England striker, while a big-money offer from Paris Saint-Germain for Rooney would help United claw back a large portion of the money they would pay for Falcao.

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