Colombian striker Radamel Falcao could have spent another year on loan at Manchester United if goalkeeper David de Gea had renewed his contract with the club.
This has been reported by the Manchester Evening News, who claim that agent Jorge Mendes, who represents both Falcao and De Gea, may well have played a role in keeping the Monaco man at Old Trafford if De Gea had committed his future with the club.
In fact, the report goes on to reveal that the striker's return to Ligue 1 may well lead De Gea out of England, with the player heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
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It appears, though, that Dutch boss Louis van Gaal opted against keeping Falcao at the club, meaning he may well lose De Gea, who has been the club's outstanding player over the course of the last two years.
Future of Falcao
It's not entirely surprising, however, that the United boss allowed Falcao to depart after the striker's poor debut campaign on English soil. At the end of the day, the former Atletico Madrid ace failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis, scoring just four league goals for the club.
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At the end of the day, it was always going to prove a surprise if United kept hold of the forward, who may well end up at the club's Premier League rivals Chelsea this summer. The Premier League champions, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, are seemingly interested in taking a risk on the player, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club pull off the deal in the near future.
Expect De Gea to follow Falcao
One thing's for sure, for both Falcao and De Gea, they have huge choices to make ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. In truth, after coming to terms that Falcao didn't have a future at the club, fans may well have to do the same thing with De Gea - for very different reasons, of course.
Let's be honest, the lure of Real Madrid was always going to make things tricky for United as they went about keeping the Spanish international at the club.
But, even if De Gea does follow Falcao out of the Old Trafford exit gates, then the club will move on. Louis van Gaal looks set to splash the cash sooner rather than later, so there's no reason why the club can't bring in top-class replacements.
In truth, with Victor Valdes already at the club, the United boss may not even need to enter the goalkeeping market, but he most certainly could do with adding to his striker options, if the club are serious about challenging for the Premier League title next term.
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