Portland Timbers already have their biggest desire for 2021. they need reinforcements in their offensive and the name is already chosen. The one they will go for is Radamel Falcao, who is now keen to leave Turkish giants Galatasaray SC. Timbers will have to pursue a negotiation given his contract runs out in June 2022.
The Colombian striker would not dislike a move across the Atlantic Ocean to join the MLS, in a last attempt to revive his career. This was extremely promising and successful, until a disgraceful moment demolished his dreams ahead of his most important experience of his professional life.
Months before the 2014 World Cup, in which Colombia proved themselves as an extraordinary solid opposition, he broke his cruciate ligaments in a knee. Despite a rush to recover, he narrowly missed the tournament, in which his country reached quarter finals before falling in front of hosts Brazil.
His scoring skills in the pitch were never the same, however he persisted in the national team. He is nowadays Colombia’s all-time top scorer with 35 goals in 91 matches. Does Portland Timbers want the 34-year-old to move to MLS? Yes. But it will not be cheap. According to Transfermarkt, his transfer is €3.5 million, plus a salary of €5.9 million per year.
A legend in Colombia
After coming up from the youth ranks of Argentina’s giants River Plate, Radamel Falcao did his professional debut scoring a brace in 2005. In 2009 he moved to Europe, to become then FC Porto’s highest sell ever and Atlético de Madrid’s highest paid transfer at that point. “We will always have a shirt for him, but we will respect him if he chooses another option”, said Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim.