AS Monaco aren’t worried about the uncertain future of Radamel Falcao, as there are plenty of clubs waiting to see if Manchester United decide to purchase him permanently or not, according to the French club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.
In an interview with French paper L’Equipe, as referenced by Le 10 Sport, the 49-year-old made an effort to further clear up concerns that Monaco are fretting over Falcao’s situation, with his poor form this season making it appear unlikely that Louis van Gaal will look to strike a deal for him in the summer.
Since transferring to Old Trafford on a season-long loan Falcao has failed to impress in the Premier League, and English fans have been left bitterly disappointed by his lacklustre form in front of goal.
With United currently going through the motions to enforce mass change at the club there’s no room for players deemed surplus, so it looks as though the Colombia star will return to France at the end of the season.
Yet despite fears that Monaco, who are now scaling down their own overhaul project as a result of owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s expensive divorce, will be stuck with a player who commands an incredible amount of money each week - he’s said to be taking home £265,000-a-week at United - have swiftly been allayed by Vasilyev.
"Falcao, the challenge of the next transfer window? It's very important, but I'm not worried about him," Vasilyev said.
"We have other great clubs interested, pending the decision of Manchester United [to buy him permanently or not].
"We have other great clubs interested, pending the decision of Manchester United"
"I am not worried for him or for us. For fair play, of course, the less you spend the better. It's important not to have a big salary."
Vasilyev’s comments infer that there are still those dotted around Europe who would be interested in giving Falcao another chance. Real Madrid ranked highly amongst his suitors on an annual basis prior to this campaign, and Los Blancos could be interested if Carlo Ancelotti decides he wants to replace Karim Benzema.
Though Falcao has only netted four times in 16 games for United this term, his reputation in the sport still carries plenty of weight, and the fact that he was prolific at Atletico Madrid should be enough for Real to discern that he can adequately perform in La Liga. As for the Premier League though it looks a different matter entirely, as the 29-year-old has often cut a frustrated figure up top in Van Gaal’s system.
United to let him go?
Van Gaal would be wise to give Falcao until the end of the season to convince him before making his decision, but if he doesn’t start to produce eye-catching performances soon to part with the cash necessary to land him permanently would be a risk the Dutchman really doesn’t need to take.
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