Manchester United have decided to take up the option to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis from AS Monaco, reports Marca.
The striker is currently on loan at Old Trafford but a clause was inserted into the deal that allowed Louis van Gaal to make it a permanent move for €50 million. The Red Devils are clearly satisfied with Falcao performances and want him at the club permanently.
It is a big swing from reports in November, which suggested that Falcao was not doing enough the impress Van Gaal. James Wilson was selected ahead of the Colombian for the crucial clash against Liverpool.
Back to his best
The 19-year-old striker was preferred because of his speed but there were lingering concerns over Falcao's general fitness.
Falcao has obviously struggled to recover from the serious knee injury he suffered at Monaco last season. He arrived at Old Trafford unfit, but has since worked his way back towards something like his best.
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His goal tally for Manchester United is far from impressive with just two in 11 appearances but he has started their last three games, scoring one and assisting another.
Those performances seem to have flipped Van Gaal's thinking on the striker, who had previously claimed that he had not seen enough from Falcao to sign him.
The deal is in motion and, with the transfer window opening on Thursday morning, it could be completed very shortly. AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev recently met for Jorge Mendes in Dubai to start preliminary talks with wages and a fee thought to be easily agreeable.