The jury is still out on Radamel Falcao’s Manchester United career, but the Colombian striker who is currently on a season-long loan at Old Trafford from AS Monaco will have plenty of options this summer if the Red Devils decide to discard him.
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United have a clause in place to make Falcao’s loan move permanent at the end of the 2014-15 season, but the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid would cost Louis van Gaal’s men over $66 million.
In and out of the team and having scored just four goals in 19 appearances for United, fans and LVG still aren’t sold on the man they call “El Tigre” back in his homeland. Falcao’s predatory instincts have yet to return after his tore his ACL 12 months ago and missed last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
In an interview with the BBC, Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has said that even if United do not take up the option to make Falcao’s move permanent, plenty of other “great clubs” will move for the 29-year-old they bought from Atletico Madrid for $80 million in 2013.
“I’m not worried for Falcao, he is a world-class striker,” Vasilyev said. “If Manchester United decide not take up the option at the end of the season, we have interest from other great clubs. So I am really not worried for him at all.”
Van Gaal has spoken about Falcao’s situation on several occasions this season and recently he said the striker could stay at Old Trafford permanently and he “shall not judge only on goals.”
But the main reason United picked up Falcao on Deadline Day last September was to provide goals. He hasn’t done it and we all know he’s more of a poacher in the box than a player who will hold the ball up and work hard to bring others into the game.
So, should United keep hold of Falcao this summer or is it time for him to move on?