Louis van Gaal has dropped the biggest hint yet that Radamel Falcao will not be a Manchester United player next season.
The AS Monaco star is currently on loan at Old Trafford but Manchester United have a clause in his contract that allows them to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
Speculation has been mounting that van Gaal will not exercise the option this summer, after a poor season from Falcao during which he’s struggled for fitness and form.
Falcao has scored just four times in 25 appearances for Manchester United, and speaking ahead of United’s game with Everton van Gaal mentioned him in the same breath as Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck - two strikers that were deemed surplus to requirements last summer.
“I like him and the way he played against Chelsea last week. He was unlucky he didn’t score,” Van Gaal said. “I like Falcao as a human being, just as I like Danny Welbeck and Chicharito [Hernandez] - they are always professional.
“But when you are not in the team for season after season, there comes a time when you need a challenge.
“That’s why I have said goodbye to Welbeck and Chicharito. And now I have to talk with Falcao.”
Falcao is reportedly a target for Juventus and Liverpool, although his exorbitant cost is likely to put many suitors off, especially considering the Colombian is approaching his 30th birthday.
United spent £6m on the season-long loan, with the permanent clause reportedly worth close to £43m.
What do you think Manchester United fans - is letting Falcao leave this summer the right move?