Only van Gaal’s blessing stands between Falcao and Man United

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United have agreed a £43.2m transfer fee with Monaco for Radamel Falcao, with personal terms also agreed with the player, and all that remains is for Louis van Gaal to seal the deal.

Falcao has struggled for regular games this season and his period of starting the last five games in a row has been his best since arriving in September.

The claims are odd given the same journalist said United probably wouldn’t sign Falcao this summer unless there is prior knowledge that van Gaal is unwilling to commit to such a fee.

The Colombian showed no ill effects of his knee injury when joining the club and appeared against QPR off the bench in his first game for the club.

The 29-year-old went on to start the next three games, bagging the winner against Everton before a calf injury saw him drop out of the team.

But Falcao scored on his first start back in the side against Aston Villa against December, impressed against Newcastle before scoring once again to seal a point at Stoke.

If Falcao can keep fit and get regularly among the goals, van Gaal may be more inclined to sign off on a deal for Falcao should the details of the deal be as advanced as reported.

Newspapers back in Colombia also believe a fee has been agreed for Falcao to join United with the same papers being the first to break the news in September that the striker was Old Trafford bound.

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