Manchester United’s failure to get Radamel Falcao back to his best since his return from a cruciate ligament injury could end up hitting him hard in the pocket – if he wants to find a new club, that is.
According to the Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal is not keen on retaining the Columbia international and now the Old Trafford club are almost certainly not going to take up the option of a £45million permanent transfer.
Falcao’s club, AS Monaco, are desperate to get him off their books because of his £265,000-a-week contract. FFP and a decision by billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev to stop pumping cash into the club have seen the big-money signings, such James Rodriguez and Falcao, stop coming in.
Now the Mail claim that if the 29-year-old wants to try and revive his career and get back to the level he was at before the injury, which kept him out of the World Cup in Brazil, he is going to have to take a massive pay cut.
It’s not hard to see why Manchester United will let him go back to the principality, as his season in the Premier League could hardly be described as a success. Four goals in 20 Premier League appearances is not a great return for the money they are paying him, but it is the nature of those performances that have really worried.
Falcao has looked short of pace and the power he was famous for in high-scoring spells at the likes of Porto and Atletico Madrid. As ever, his movement and intelligence in the box are first class, but he seems to have lost the physical attributes that allowed him to exploit them.