Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will leave Old Trafford this summer but is desperate to continue playing his football in the Premier League.
According to respected Daily Mail sports writer Ian Ladyman the Colombia international, who was very much the scourge of Europe before his move to Old Trafford last summer, is keen to prolong his stay in England and will even take a pay-cut to make it possible.
Rumour has it said that Falcao is currently taking home £280,000-a-week during his season-long loan at Old Trafford, and given that his return has been poor indeed the Red Devils aren’t likely to want to keep him.
The player himself posted a cryptic message onto his Instagram page following United’s last home game of the season, which many have taken as a sign that he knows he’s leaving.
However Ladyman’s tweet has caused quite the stir as it suggests he wants to stay in the Premier League as opposed to return to AS Monaco or chance his hand elsewhere in Europe. Falcao has already been a major hit in Spain and Portugal meaning that it would be a safer option to consider clubs in either of those countries, but the forward apparently wants to prove himself to English fans.
Though he’s ready to take a pay-cut it hasn’t yet been specified by just how much. It’s safe to assume he’s not going to entertain offers from the likes of Sunderland and Aston Villa, and in reality there’s only one or two clubs that could hope to afford him even if he isn’t requesting £280,000-a-week.
Options on the table
Chelsea are one of them and scrutiny will surely now switch to Stamford Bridge given that Didier Drogba has today confirmed he will be leaving at the end of the season.
Diego Costa and Loic Remy would stand in his way but Jose Mourinho would relish the idea of having three top strikers at his disposal, particularly if he thinks he can succeed where Louis van Gaal failed in getting the best out of Falcao.
Meanwhile Manchester City is another viable option, though whether or not the striker himself would kick the hornet’s nest by trading the red half of Manchester for the blue remains to be seen.
United fans what do you think? Is Falcao good enough to remain in the Premier League or should he be looking to leave? Let us know in the comments box below.