Radamel Falcao could end up staying at Manchester United beyond this summer if goalkeeper David de Gea puts pen-to-paper on a contract extension with the Red Devils.
This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who believe the deals could be intertwined because the two players are represented by the same agent: Jorge Mendes.
United may agree to keep Falcao, who has been dismal since arriving from AS Monaco on a season-long loan last September, for a second term if it increases the chances of De Gea signing a new deal.
Falcao, the revered goalscorer who cemented his status as one of the best strikers of his generation during spells with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, has netted a pitiful four goals in 27 appearances for the Red Devils.
However, the MEN claim United sources are adamant Falcao is not certain to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Falcao wants Champions League football
Mendes would prefer for Falcao to stay at Manchester United for a second campaign, particularly if the Premier League giants secure Champions League football following a one-season absence. Falcao, who turns 30 next season, has not competed in Europe’s elite cup competition since the 2009-10 campaign.
A host of clubs are reportedly interested in securing Falcao’s services - including the likes of Liverpool and, bizarrely, Chelsea - but the player may feel determined to silence his critics at Manchester United, where he has struck a close bond with several of the club’s Spanish-speaking players.
De Gea likely to join Real Madrid
One of those players is De Gea, who has been offered a staggering £200,000-a-week deal to stay at Old Trafford.
If he signs, the 24-year-old will become the highest-paid goalkeeper in world football - but that tempting offer may not be enough for Manchester United to keep him.
Real Madrid have a long-standing interest in the Spain international and are expected to make a formal move for the world-class keeper this summer, once they have resolved the future of Iker Casillas.
The bright lights of the Bernabeu - and the chance to become Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper - might prove too tempting for De Gea to resist.
De Gea to sign one-year deal first?
But it’s been speculated that De Gea could agree to sign a two-year deal with Manchester United before leaving the club next summer, handing Louis van Gaal enough time to find a suitable replacement.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is currently back-up to De Gea at Old Trafford, but doubts remain over the 33-year-old, who hasn’t played a competitive match in over a year.
It’s understood that Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris will be the goalkeeper on top of Van Gaal’s wish-list if De Gea leaves this summer.
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