Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has been offered a left-field career lifeline, with River Plate vice-president Matias Patanian revealing that the Argentine giants dream of bringing their former star forward back to South America this summer.
Falcao has floundered at Old Trafford, scoring just four goals to leave the £265,000-a-week star's chances of earning a permanent move to the Premier League looking slim to say the least.
The 29-year-old must now explore his options and attempt to revive his career elsewhere next season, something his old club River would love to do if the finances can be worked out.
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Could Falcao return to his former club
In an interview with Esto es River, carried by ESPN, River chief Patanian admitted that they are considering an audacious bid to bring Falcao back to the club where he began his career, becoming a cult hero thanks a goal-laden four seasons in Buenos Aires.
Patanian conceded: "We are dreaming of Falcao, the doors are open," he said. "It depends on what is sold to bring him in mid-year. If we do not sell we can bring in two players."
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Is it time to seek South America return?
The Colombian international's stock has certainly fallen over the last 12 months, but it remains to be seen if River's interest will be indulged.
Falcao for his part has spoken of his determination to make things work out at United, but that optimism isn't shared by Louis van Gaal or anyone else at the Theatre of Dreams.
The harsh truth is that injury has contributed to taking that killer edge away from a wonderful's players game, one that will make top European clubs think again before spending big this summer.
With that in mind perhaps a short-term return to familiar surroundings at River isn't such a terrible idea, offering the chance to restore confidence and prove something to himself more than anything else.
Expect this summer's Copa America to be pivotal. If Falcao shines and leads Colombia into the latter stages of the tournament then a side competing in a top European league will surely come calling.
Fail to convince though and a River return will seem even more attractive, even if big compromises would have to be made financially.
Man United fans, do you think Falcao still has what it takes to shine in Europe? Is it time for El Tigre to return to South America? Let us know in the comment box below!
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