Radamel Falcao signs permanent deal with Manchester United

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Manchester United have already signed the paperwork to make Radamel Falcao's transfer permanent in a £44 million deal worth £240,000-a-week to the Colombian marksman, according to

Falcao is currently on a season-long loan with Louis van Gaal's side after a sensational deadline-day agreement was struck, with the option of a full transfer included in the terms of that switch.

Van Gaal has already seen enough to shake hands on his first deal of next summer though, which means the Red Devils are already committed to another massive outlay before identifying any new transfer targets.

Falcao was very much a long-term United target

The last-ditch nature of the deal which brought Falcao to Old Trafford made the deal look opportunistic, but United did in fact begin talks with his agent Jorge Mendes a number of weeks before they reached a compromise over a loan move.

Mendes has a strong working relationship with United and helped facilitate the deal, under favourable terms for a forward that spent the second half of last season sidelined by a knee injury.

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Pressure was on to perform

The 28-year-old must now prove he's worth that astronomical figure, which would be the second biggest transfer fee United have ever shelled out to sign a proven world-class performer.

Falcao must now justify his selection though and stay fit and firing for the full campaign, which surely includes improving on an early return of one goal in five Premier League games.

In fairness to the former Atletico Madrid marksman he's still working his way back from the knee injury that ended his World Cup dream, but now that the terms of his staggering transfer are public knowledge there's no hiding place for United's new star striker.

Who will finish as United's top scorer this season?

Competition for places at Old Trafford is fiercer than ever, with Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie all fighting for a starting spot.

Van Gaal clearly thinks Falcao is deserving a long-term investment though, so it promises to be very interesting to see who loses out in the fight for top billing over the course of a gruelling Premier League campaign.

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