Radamel Falcao has been told by Manchester United that his loan deal at the club will not be extended.
The Times’ James Ducker, The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden and the Daily Mail’s Ian Ladyman all covered the Falcao reports in unison. By all accounts, it looks like the club have informed the Colombian his future lies away from Old Trafford.
Having scored just four Premier League goals this season, it was always considered unlikely that United would keep Falcao at the club given that his wages were in excess of £250,000 a week and AS Monaco would ask for a big transfer fee as well near the £43.2m agreed at the start of his loan.
The 29-year-old was a calculated gamble by Van Gaal. When he became available on transfer deadline day, he pounced. If Falcao had scored 30 goals this season and steered the club to success much like Robin van Persie did in 2012, then Van Gaal would have been lauded for the decision to bring him in.
As it turned out, Falcao wasn’t prolific and only scored a handful of goals. So, the decision to not sign him on a permanent deal was a logical one. Now, United can look to use Falcao’s wages to tempt other players to the club.
Falcao’s exit means there is likely to be a new striker coming to United this summer in what was already expected to be a busy transfer window for the club that is now seemingly going to be even busier.