Louis van Gaal is ready to consider extending Radamel Falcao's loan deal at Manchester United by a further six months, reports The Mirror.
A report in the Manchester Evening News on Wednesday morning claimed that Falcao's future at Old Trafford was far from decided.
It is believed that the future of Falcao is, rather vulgarly, intertwined with David de Gea's. The goalkeeper has been linked with a move away from Manchester United as he continues to stall on a new contract.
He had been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but it is believed that an agreement to extend his contract with the Red Devils could include a clause that sees Falcao remain. In case you have not guessed, both are represented by Jorge Mendes.
Now The Mirror have followed suit by claiming that Manchester United manager Van Gaal is considering a deal that will see Falcao extend his stay until January at least.
The Colombian has done not nearly enough to convince the Dutchman to sign him from AS Monaco on a permanent basis, but seems to have at least given Van Gaal hope.
Falcao, 29, has scored just four goals since joining on the final day of the summer transfer window and has seen his stock fall so far that he was even playing for United's reserve side.
Ed Woodward is already talking to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev about the extension, but Falcao will also have a big decision to make.
Van Gaal has told Falcao that any extension will not guarantee him a starting role and he will have to accept playing second fiddle to Robin van Persie.
But there is still hope at Manchester United's Carrington training ground that Falcao can still rekindle his best form. That glimmer, however dim, seems bright enough for Van Gaal to take a punt.
It won't be cheap. Monaco will surely ask for more money as a loan fee while United will also have to agree to pay Falcao's £250,000-a-week wages for six more months.
That could be enough to push the deal up to around the £10million mark–Manchester United paid Monaco and Falcao around £20m for the current season.
This is surely a terrible idea. Falcao's position in the squad will not just stop him from signing a new striker but will also restrict the amount of game time handed to James Wilson.
Having praised the young striker for his pace and potential earlier this season, Van Gaal owes it to the young Englishman to give him a decent chance of establishing himself.
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