Juventus are considering an audacious attempt to sign Radamel Falcao in the January transfer window as his situation at Manchester United continues to deteriorate, reports The Express.
The Italian champions are hoping to supercharge their Champions League campaign by bringing the Colombian to Turin before their round of 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund gets underway. As Manchester United have not been involved in Europe, Falcao is one of the highest profile players still eligible to play in this season's Champions League.
AS Monaco would be willing to forgo a loan fee after already bagging £6 million from Manchester United but will insist on Juventus paying £8 million to cover Falcao's wages. They will also need Louis van Gaal's blessing to terminate his current loan deal at Old Trafford.
Waste of money
Manchester United fans are starting to seriously question the decision to pay £6 million plus Falcao's £265,000-a-week wages to sign him on a season-long loan. So far Falcao has scored just one goal in eight appearances and was dropped in favour of James Wilson in the recent game against Liverpool.
The 28-year-old is still struggling for full fitness after suffering a serious knee injury towards to end of last season and seems incapable of playing in the pacier Premier League. As a result, Juventus believe Manchester United could cancel the loan deal in the January window.
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No permanent deal
Either way, it seems almost inevitable that Manchester United will refuse to make the deal permanent. A fee in the region £43.5 million is needed to keep Falcao at Old Trafford, but on his current form, even Manchester United may deem that too expensive.
Falcao himself has recently spoken of his affection for the city of Manchester and said he is determined to earn a permanent move to the Premier League club. However, the chance to play in the latter stages of the Champions League for the first time since leaving Atletico Madrid may be too hard to turn down.
The striker recently said: "I am very happy in this city, in this club. I really want to stay."