Juventus are keen on taking Radamel Falcao in the summer, but won't be able to afford his wages according to general manager Beppe Marotta.
He also confirmed that the Italian champions are trying to sign Palermo forward Paulo Dybala, who has been linked with a host of clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal.
Falcao is currently on loan with Manchester United from Monaco but has failed to make a sufficient impact to persuade the Red Devils to make the move permanent for a fee of around £43 million. The Colombian has managed just four league goals this season, and failed to find the back of the net in the 1-0 defeat against Chelsea over the weekend - his first start since February.
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He's been linked with a move to Italy in the summer while this week it was claimed that Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has flown to Monaco to hold talks over his future.
However a major obstacle in any deal is his wages, which are believed to be in the region of £260,000-a-week. Marotta says unless that figure comes down significantly then the deal is dead in the water.
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"Falcao is a Monaco player on loan at Manchester United and his wages are substantial and beyond our means," he said. "It's utopian to imagine him in a Juventus shirt."
The Juventus chief also spoke out about another of Manchester United's transfer targets, Edinson Cavani, insisting that they've not moved for the Uruguayan, although that could change.
"We've not had any contact with Paris Saint-Germain for Cavani, but if he were to be placed on the market, then we would have a little chat," he explained. He added of Dybala, who has scored 13 Serie A goals this season: "We do like Dybala and he is one of our objectives," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport
"I won't hide the fact that I have met with [Palermo president Maurizio] Zamparini -- even if I do go and deny it, he will only blurt it out anyway. He's a great player, but alongside him you need experienced players too. We're trying to find an agreement with Zamparini for this player who we like, but we're not the only ones who like him. Let's just see what happens."
Falcao has looked a shadow of his former self this season since recovering from the knee injury which wrecked his chances of appearing at the World Cup last summer. He's been an unused substitute in 12 Premier League games so far this season and he's been taken off in nine of the 13 games he's started.
However it looks as though there's a chance that he could remain at Manchester United, with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claiming that talks are ongoing.
"I saw Manchester United leaders last Sunday and they have not yet decided if they will exercise the option [to sign Falcao permanently]," Vasilyev told French daily newspaper Nice-Matin.
"It's not his best season but they retain the opportunity to talk at the end of the season. We are not in any further negotiations for the moment, even if big clubs are interested. The decision is in Manchester, then we will talk with the player to find out what he wants."
Radamel Falcao faces an uncertain future at Manchester United, and it seems as though unless his wage demands and price tag falls there is little chance of a deal.
There's no way that the Red Devils will pay £43 million for him, but if they can get that price down to, say, £25 million then it may be a deal worth doing. He will likely improve next season, knows what is required of him and is obviously liked by Van Gaal.
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