Manchester United's latest summer signing Radamel Falcao has revealed that the Red Devils were in talks to sign him "for some months" before his deadline day switch to Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old joined the 20-time English champions on a season-long loan from AS Monaco - with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season. The Colombian striker was signed by the Ligue 1 side from Atletico Madrid last summer.
Falcao was unhappy at Monaco and was constantly linked with a move to top clubs across Europe. Real Madrid had long been a target for the striker, while United's league rivals Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City were also interested in signing the South American star.
The former Porto striker's father has confirmed that both the Merseyside club and the Gunners were interested in signing Falcao before his move to United. The Colombian international expressed his delight after completing his loan deal on the final day of the transfer window.
"I am very proud to be at Manchester United. We have been in talks with the club for some months and, in the end, we were able to reach an agreement with Monaco on the last day of the transfer," the Daily Mail quoted Falcao as saying.
"I haven't had the opportunity to speak with the players but, although they are stars, they are also footballers that play for the team to achieve the common goals of the group."
"I am sure this will be the basis of our success and in any team that wants to achieve important things."
Discussing the club's other star signing, Angel di Maria, Falcao said the Argentine midfielder "is a fantastic player. I love the way he plays, I really do. I am very excited to be a team-mate of his and also to be part of Manchester United."
Falcao becomes United's sixth major addition of the summer transfer window. Louis van Gaal has strengthened his squad by signing Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, as well as di Maria.