Louis van Gaal may well be planning to send Radamel Falcao back to AS Monaco when his lucrative loan spell ends at the end of this season, but the Colombia international might not find much solace upon his return to France.
According to reports across the Channel from Le 10 Sport, citing Team, Monaco are far more open to doing business than they were prior to his move to Old Trafford. Though his price tag may not be anywhere near to what it was due to his faltering form in England, his parent club still believe they can get a handsome price for him, and if he returns they’re said to be ready to encourage the interest from suitors.
Much was made of Falcao’s touchdown on English shores when he joined Van Gaal’s revolution this summer, but the usually prolific striker has failed to prove himself worthy of the mooted £260,000-a-week United are paying him.
Injuries have played some part in his inability to settle in Manchester, but even when he’s been on the pitch he has fallen short of the form he regularly demonstrated at Porto and Atletico Madrid.
Van Gaal's decision
As such it’s been frequently suggested that United won’t sign him on a permanent deal come the end of the campaign, despite the fact the option is in place for them to do so. Van Gaal’s Red Devils appear to have found their feet quickly and, although they’re far from a dominant force in the Premier League, they’re grinding out positive results on a weekly basis.
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Therefore it’s safe to assume that the next step is to fine tune the squad, and whereas Falcao was the big-name signing needed to boost morale before this campaign, one wonders whether or not he’ll have done enough by the same time next year to convince Van Gaal to use what would be a large chunk of his transfer budget.
The situation leaves Falcao with plenty to do if he is to rid his future of the uncertain midst currently shrouding it. The second-half of the season could give him time to find a rich vein of form, but with the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and James Wilson competing for places up top, he’ll be offered little reprieve if he can't.