Serie A giants Juventus should take a gamble with Radamel Falcao, but only if they are able to agree a significantly reduced fee for the out-of-form Columbia international.
The Daily Express believes the Old Lady are eager to make him their new talisman, with speculation rife that Argentinean forward Carlos Tevez could return to either Boca Juniors or West Ham United. Falcao has spent the season on loan at Manchester United, but has struggled to make an impact ever since his blockbuster arrival from Ligue 1 side Monaco in the summer.
Despite already boasting the likes of Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata, Massimiliano Allegri would be willing to delve into the transfer market if the former leaves in order to continue their hunt for the Champions League trophy. Morata himself has been linked with a return to former club Real Madrid, though fuelled his side's hopes of a fourth consecutive league title by scoring the winner against Palermo on Saturday evening.
Llorente has impressed this season but his capabilities are limited. He also plays better alongside a marquee name, where he did so with former club Athletic Bilbao a few years ago. West Ham could make him the front of their new era, with Sam Allardyce expected to be sacked at the end of the season and a bigger name instated by the time they enter the Olympic Stadium.
Boca Juniors meanwhile gave Tevez his first memories in the sport, and the player himself has previously spoken of his desire to return to his native homeland. Falcao could be brought in as a replacement but only if a deal is struck on the cheap given his difficult search for form and fitness.
Falcao arrived at United expected to take English football by storm, but has looked a far cry from the player that scored goals galore during his days in Portugal, Spain and France. Robin van Persie has also been off colour but remains above him in the pecking order, whilst Wayne Rooney is now Louis van Gaal’s number one pick after recent goals against Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool.
The Dutchman has also reportedly sounded out another Juventus target in the form of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguayan keen to leave the capital as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is preferred to him in the central role where he operates best.
Palermo hotshot Paulo Dybala could also leave for Old Trafford, though according to recent reports would prefer to extend his stay in Italy, preferably with Allegri’s men if their pursuit of Falcao fails to come up trumps.