Manchester United sign Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez

Manchester United have completed the signing of Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez from Universidad de Chile for an undisclosed fee.

The 18-year old forward has been on Man Utd’s radar for a while, with a first option agreement between the clubs in place for some time.

Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted to have secured one of the hottest talents in South America, with Henriquez scoring 11 goals in 17 games for Universidad de Chile this year.

“Angelo has made a tremendous impact on the game in his short career so far,” Ferguson told the club’s official website.

“His pace is a great asset and he reads the game really well for someone of such a young age.

“We have a proud record of developing young talent and Angelo fits the profile of a United player – skilful, attacking and someone who plays the game with real flair.”

Henriquez himself is delighted at the prospect of playing for the Red Devils, and will be hoping to replicate the success Javier Hernandez has had in England since moving from Mexico.

“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. Manchester United is a great team and has a great manager.

“To be able to be part of that is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started.  I hope I can be part of many successful years with United.”

Manchester City lead Chelsea in €60m race for Falcao

By Greg Stobart

Manchester City are leading Chelsea in the race to sign Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao for €60 million in January.

As exclusively revealed by in June, the Premier League champions tried to sign Falcao in the summer and are willing to pay a record fee for the Colombian in the New Year, with Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes attempting to broker the move.

A summer move failed to materialise as the club were unable to offload Edin Dzeko despite interest from AC Milan and Bayern Munich, while Carlos Tevez’s return to form saw him return to favour under Roberto Mancini.

Chelsea are also huge admirers of Falcao, who has scored 42 goals in 53 appearances for Atletico Madrid including a stunning hat-trick against the Blues in his side’s Uefa Supercup victory in Monaco last Friday.

Radamel Falcao’s departure is a time-bomb for Atletico Madrid. At this point, it seems a question of when he will leave, rather than if. He is too good for a team that will never be able to fight for a title in Spain and that hasn’t been able to qualify for a Champions League in the last years. That doesn’t mean that Atletico won’t try to cash in his eventual departure. They paid €40 million to get him (although there are rumours that Jorge Mendes paid half of the fee) and due to the club’s difficult economic situation, I don’t see them buckling for less than his release clause, which is suspiciously low. To give a comparison, Cristiano Ronaldo’s is €1 billion. Manchester City wouldn’t be deterred by a relative bargain at €60 million.

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But City are confident of landing their man after a 12-month long pursuit with Atletico’s recent financial struggles ensuring they must listen to big-money offers for their star player.

Falcao has a €60m release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract and City believe their strong relationship with the Spanish club will help to facilitate a deal.

City eased Atletico’s financial difficulties last year by paying €45m to sign Sergio Aguero, from under the noses of their great rivals Real Madrid, with most of the transfer fee paid up front.

And Roberto Mancini will be given the funds to land a marquee signing in January despite the club’s conscious efforts to balance the books and comply with Uefa’s financial fair play rules.

In an interview with last week Falcao insisted the Premier League wasn’t a “dream” of his but the 26-year-old’s father has suggested that the Colombian is very likely to complete a switch to the Premier League in January – and City sources say the club will pull out all the stops to land their man.

When asked whether a move to England could be on the cards for his son in the next transfer window, Falcao senior said: “Yes, that chance is very big.”

City bolstered their squad over the summer by signing Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, Matija Nastasic, Scott Sinclair and Maicon.

But their missed out on a number of Mancini’s top targets including Daniele De Rossi, Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez.

Falcao, who joined Atletico Madrid from Porto in August 2011 in a deal worth €47m, has a reputation as one of the most clinical finishers in world football and would represent a marquee arrival to the Etihad Stadium.

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Del Piero joins Sydney FC

Sydney FC have completed the signing of Alessandro Del Piero on a free transfer, can confirm. The experienced attacker has signed a two-year deal with the A-league side, worth €2 million per season.

The 37-year-old was available on a free after Juventus opted not to renew his expiring contract this summer, and the former Italy international will now continue his career in Australia.

Sydney FC already announced on Friday that Del Piero had agreed to finalise a deal with the Sky Blues, with CEO Tony Pignata travelling to Italy this week to complete the move.

Liverpool made a late swoop for him on Tuesday, but their attempt has proven unfruitful as Del Piero has opted to join Sydney instead, and has inked a two-year deal with his new club.

A press conference has been scheduled at 13:30CET, where Del Piero is expected to confirm his decision to leave Europe for an adventure at Sydney FC.