Manchester City have reported interest in Radamel Falcao

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Manchester City have emerged as surprise contenders to sign Radamel Falcao should Manchester United decide against making his loan move to Old Trafford permanent.

United boss Louis van Gaal has the first option on Falcao after United paid £6m up front to sign him for the season from Ligue 1 club Monaco. It's reported that United have an agreement to sign the Colombian international for £43m at the end of the season.

But van Gaal is believed to be undecided on whether to exercise the option as Falcao has struggled to shake off his reputation as injury plagued.

He has proved his fitness as far as the serious knee injury he suffered last January in France is concerned, but the striker has been hampered by a number of awkward muscle problems since.

With United stalling on making a decision until nearer the end of the season, a number of top European clubs - including Juventus - have signalled their interest to the player.

Falcao is happy at United and wants to make it work at Old Trafford, but if van Gaal decides to let him leave this summer he will have a difficult decision to make.

And, according to A Bola, Manchester City are believed to be weighing up the possibility of offering him the chance to stay in Manchester and the Premier League.

Manuel Pellegrini just signed Wilfried Bony from Swansea for a deal worth up to £28m but there's speculation Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic could leave this summer.

Neither forward has managed to stake a regular claim for a place in the starting lineup, and Pellegrini may be inclined to shake up his options at the end of the season.

If he can offload Dzeko and Jovetic for decent fees and bring in Falcao to supplement Sergio Aguero and Bony, then Manchester City will have a formidable looking strike force once again.

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