Manchester United may be able to land Radamel Falcao in a cut-price deal from Monaco after the Ligue 1 club were sanctioned by UEFA under their Financial Fair Play regulations.
UEFA announced yesterday that Monaco had been hit with a £9.5 million fine and 22-man squad restriction for breaking the rules - and that could play into the hands of Manchester United in their pursuit of Falcao.
The Colombian joined the Red Devils at the start of the season, initially on loan with an option to make the move permanent for a fee of around £43 million. However the former Atletico Madrid star has struggled badly this term and he's only managed four goals in 13 Premier League starts.
That has prompted reports that Manchester United will send him back to Monaco rather than take up the option to sign him, however yesterday's development could mean that a transfer may still happen.
The Telegraph reports that Monaco are unwilling to pay his £330,000-per-week wages as they look to balance the books in order to comply with UEFA's new rules, and that could mean that they are willing to slash Falcao's price in order to make a deal happen.
Falcao earns around £260,000-a-week at Manchester United and there are few clubs around Europe willing to pay that much which means Monaco are likely to be keen to talk in order to see if a deal can be done.
The Red Devils are gearing up for another busy summer in the transfer window and have already sealed a deal for Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. Reports have suggested that boss Louis van Gaal will have in excess of £150 million to spend, and the Dutch boss is reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.
However if he opts to keep Falcao than that deal is a non-starter, and reports today suggest that the Uruguayan is close to joining Juventus.