Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has sensationally claimed that he was surprised Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao last summer.
The Red Devils agreed to pay a £9 million loan fee on the final day of the summer transfer window as well as the player's £265,000-a-week wages. The heavy cost, estimated at around £20 million, has not paid off with Falcao, 29, failing to impress Louis van Gaal so far.
Manchester United do have the option to make the deal permanent for £45 million, but it is now highly unlikely Van Gaal will do so. Falcao did not make it off the bench in the Red Devils' 2-1 defeat to Swansea City this weekend having previously failed to impress against Preston North End.
Now the AS Monaco manager, who will travel to England to take of Arsenal this Wednesday, has admitted that he was surprised to see Manchester United sign his star striker.
“Maybe they did not need him. It’s my opinion but not my decision to make”
He told The Sun: “I don’t know if he made a mistake to join United.
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“In the last days of August I was thinking Falcao would leave — but I thought he’d go to another club.
“In England other teams wanted him. But I didn’t think United would be the ones taking him as they had Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
“Maybe they did not need him. It’s my opinion but not my decision to make.”
“I think other clubs needed him more, such as Chelsea, Manchester City or Liverpool"
Premier League alternatives
Surprisingly, the Monaco boss has also offered alternative options for Falcao, saying he was surprised Manchester United's Premier League rivals did not make an offer for him.
“I think other clubs needed him more, such as Chelsea, Manchester City or Liverpool.
“I think at that moment it would have been easier to go to Chelsea, Liverpool or even Real Madrid.”
Where will he go?
It now seems like Falcao's career at the vey highest level of football is over. His serious knee injury, sustained last season, has clearly hampered his progression in the English game with the physical nature keeping him in check.
However, he could still rekindle the best goal scoring form back in La Liga, where he originally formed his world-class reputation with Atletico Madrid. Having seen him flop at Old Trafford, no one in the Premier League are likely to fork out the £45 million asking price.
It seems Real Madrid – the only club capable of taking such a financial risk – is the most likely destination.
Would Radamel Falcao have faired better at Liverpool or Chelsea or is he just not a good player anymore? Give us your views in the comments box below!