Juventus have opened talks to sign Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco, reports The Mail.
Manchester United have made it clear to the French club that they will not take up the option to make their current loan arrangement permanent. Falcao has spent the season at Old Trafford, but has failed to impress Louis van Gaal.
The 29-year-old has struggled to rekindle his best form with the Red Devils and has found himself on the periphery of the squad as a result. Van Gaal even selected him for an Under-21 game earlier this month.
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Despite Falcao's poor form, Juventus are still interested in signing him from Monaco. The French club will be looking for around £44million for the striker, which is the same amount Manchester United could have signing him for.
However, after a terrible season in the Premier League, Juventus will be hoping to negotiate the price down. It is also likely that Falcao will have to take a significant cut to his £265,000-a-week wages.
Falcao has scored just four goals in 22 appearances for Manchester United with his last one coming against Leicester City in January.
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Juventus will look to sign two strikers this summer if Carlos Tevez leaves and have also been in touch with Palermo over Paulo Dybala. The Argentine has ironically been linked with a move to Manchester United himself with Van Gaal seeking a replacement for Falcao.
Dybala, 21, has been labelled as the new Sergio Aguero by the Palermo president but can be compared to a young Falcao as well. He won't come cheap with the Serie A outfit asking for €40m.
That is a big price to pay, but he would certainly be a smaller risk than Falcao for Manchester United. Van Gaal needs to inject pace into his forward line and they don't come much quicker than Dybala.
Old Trafford officials are ready to hand Van Gaal £150m to spend this summer so there is no reason why they should let Juventus beat them to his signature.
The loan signing of Falcao has been a failed experiment and Ed Woodward will be delighted that Van Gaal insisted on a loan deal rather than a permanent one.
Will Paulo Dybala be a better option for Manchester United than Radamel Falcao and can they convince the young Argentine to move to Old Trafford instead of Turin? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!
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