Manchester United will be forced to fork out £35 million for Radamel Falcao if the player scores five goals and makes 15 appearances during his season-long loan spell, reports the Daily Express.
Falcao moved to Old Trafford on a temporary basis for AS Monaco on transfer deadline day. The details surrounding the loan have been speculated many times over, but it is generally agreed that Manchester United have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
According to this new report, Manchester United not only have the option to sign Falcao permanently but will be forced to should the player meet the agreed performance targets. A fee of £35 million will change hands should Falcao meet the required appearances and goals.
If Falcao stays fit, he should have little problem scoring five goals for the Red Devils. The 28-year-old scored 52 goals in just two seasons for Atletico Madrid and 11 goals in 18 starts for AS Monaco last term.
If the clause is met, it will be assumed that Falcao has recovered fully from the knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup. The Colombian worked hard to get fit for the tournament after suffering ligament damage but failed to do so.
There are still questions over whether Falcao has fully recovered from the injury or whether his ability in front of goal will be compromised. It may go someway to explaining why Louis van Gaal wanted to take Falcao on loan first.
It is expected that Falcao will continue to earn around £210,000-a-week if and when the deal goes through. That is the same amount he is currently earning from his Monaco contract, which Manchester United will pay for throughout his loan spell.
If Falcao cuts his ties with the Red Devils at the end of the season, the loan deal would have cost the club a reported £24 million. The loan fee, thought to be around £6 million, plus the wages make the loan deal unprecedented in the world of football.
Luckily Manchester United's record turnover, announced yesterday, keeps them the right side of Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations. They are also set to benefit from huge sponsorship deal with Chevrolet and Adidas in the near future.