Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be offered an opportunity to breathe new life into his career this summer, by Serie A giants Juventus.
Falcao has flattered to deceive throughout a season-long spell at Old Trafford, but a record of four goals in 20 appearances has not stopped Juve preparing a new bid for a player they tried to sign last year, only to see United get their first.
That is according to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, who believe that Juve view Falcao as exactly the kind of proven world-class striker that can help them finally make an impact in the Champions League.
Falcao's United career looks all but over
Juve clearly think Falcao still has what it takes to make a difference at the very highest level, even if recent performances for United would suggest otherwise.
Injuries plus an alarming lack of confidence in front of goal have made United's decision to hand the Colombian marksman a quite incredible £265,000-a-week deal this season look misguided, to put it politely.
Juve's interest is genuine
Falcao hasn't even left the bench for United's last two matches and was forced to turn out for the under-21 side earlier this week, but can take some solace from the fact Juve are serious about partnering him with Carlos Tevez next season.
Juve will want some wiggle room on Monaco's €55m valuation of the 29-year-old given his rerecent struggles, but remain a confident its a deal within their grasp this summer.
The Old Lady have enjoyed close to total domination in Serie A over the last three seasons, but success in Europe is what they crave.
Falcao is the kind of top-class striker they think can bridge the gap in the Champions League, if a change of scenery and help him rediscover anything like the form that made him one of the world's most feared centre-forwards at Atletico Madrid.
United need to look elsewhere
Quite frankly United should be relieved that other clubs continue to court Falcao, because its time for them to start looking for his replacement.
With Robin van Persie on the sidelines there's still a chance Falcao can feature at Old Trafford this season, but barring a remarkable turnaround there's no way he'll persuade Louis van Gaal he's worth a permanent deal.
United need a top-four finish and can then start to focus on chasing the likes of Edinson Cavani in the summer, while Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes should probably start dialogue with Juve chiefs as a matter of urgency.
Man United fans, is there any way Falcao can persuade Van Gaal he's worth signing this summer, or has that ship already sailed? Would he be a good fit for Juve? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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