Even if Manchester United decide they want to keep the misfiring Radamel Falcao and make his transfer permanent next season they will not be able to - because the Colombian has decided to reject any offer.
Falcao has not featured very often under Louis van Gaal and is finding first team minutes hard to come by, so much so that he has already decided he will not be staying on at Old Trafford come the end of the season, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Since joining on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, which some reports claimed is costing Manchester United as much as £24million in total, the 29-year-old has not been able to nail down a place in Van Gaal starting XI.
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Despite the fanfare that greeted his signing, Falcao has struggled to rediscover the form that made him one of the most feared centre-forwards in world football and convinced Monaco to pay a reported £50million for his services, before they had to stop splashing the cash.
His struggle is likely to stem from the fact he spent the previous six months recovering from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament, which caused him to miss Colombia's neutral-attracting run at the World Cup in Brazil.
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The Time Is Now
Over the past few seasons Falcao has been one of the leading goalscorers in European football, a master of intelligent movement and incisive finishing, so the version we have seen at Manchester United has been a small tragedy.
He will not be the first to look a lesser version of themselves coming back from that kind of injury, and he needs time to really rebuild his confidence and power in a place with there is less speculation surrounding his status.
At another time Manchester United and Falcao could have created something beautiful, but it appears their paths have crossed at precisely the wrong point in their respective trajectories and it appears best if they part ways.
Falcao will find another club, but the physical demands of the Premier League could have done serious damage to his reputation. Any player coming from abroad is liable to struggle in their first season in England, so the former Porto star would not be the first.
His real problem is that it could be this transition that has so affected his performance - only four goals in 22 appearances this season - yet there is such a marked difference in what people expect of him from past prowess.
Such a misreading could mean his earning power next season takes a blow, as he is on a substantial wage at Monaco and could struggle to find a club willing to take as big a gamble as that - though if any agent can get their man paid it's Jorge Mendes.
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