Louis van Gaal hints at permanent deal for Radamel Falcao

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Louis van Gaal appears to have given Manchester United fans further cause for optimism following last week's arrival of Radamel Falcao, by seemingly hinting that the club are already pondering the option to make the striker's stay at Old Trafford permanent.

Colombian international Falcao - who joined the Red Devils on deadline day on an initial season-long loan that can be upgraded next summer and will supposedly earn in the region of £210,000-per-week during his stint in English football  - was officially unveiled to the media with his new number nine shirt on Thursday along with fellow new arrival Daley Blind.

And according to reports from The Independent, experienced manager Van Gaal wasted no time in opening the door to a more long-term stay for Falcao by stating: "maybe we can buy him for next season."

Falcao shock

With the likes of Real Madrid and Premier League champions Manchester City believed to have been keen on a swoop for Falcao, the 28-year-old's decision to opt for United provided unquestionably the biggest shock of a particularly busy final few days of the recent transfer window.

His arrival led to Manchester United - who had already allowed Javier 'Chicarito' Hernandez to move to La Liga only a day before - also offloading Danny Welbeck in a £16 million deal to rivals Arsenal.

Despite those two aforementioned departures, Falcao's presence provides Van Gaal with somewhat of an attacking conundrum ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers and beyond.

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Van Gaal choice

Just how is the Dutchman going to fit all of his attacking riches into one cohesive, functioning unit that will not leave Manchester United's notably shaky defence even more exposed than they already have been in the opening weeks of the campaign to date?

It is perhaps a nice problem for Van Gaal to have, although one wonders how long he will be able to keep everyone happy and content with their roles moving forward, particularly those who will have to accept less game time as a result of the club's recent transfer dealings.

Indeed, Belgian starlet Adnan Januzaj - who is yet to start for Manchester United so far this season - is one player who is rumoured to have already voiced concerns and uncertainty over how he fits into Van Gaal's new system.

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