No surprise, but it seems speculation has now turned to reality. Big-money loanee Falcao has been told Manchester United will not look to make his loan deal permanent, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Instead, Falcao will immediately return to his club AS Monaco, although an interesting turn has taken place, as the report states he will apparently look for another English club to join, preferably in London.
The loan was an expensive one for Manchester United, costing a reported $37 million. They reportedly paid Monaco a loan fee of approximately $9.2 million, plus the rest were sent to the player in wages. The salary was so enormous given that Monaco does not have an income tax, and therefore for a Premier League club to match his take-home pay, they were required to boost his wages to a club-high level, even past those of captain Wayne Rooney.
Falcao managed 26 Premier League appearances, but only 14 of those were starts, and he made the full 90 minutes just five times. The 29-year-old Colombian failed to maintain a regular first-team spot racking up just 1,288 league minutes in those 26 appearances.
The surprising bit is that Falcao wishes to stay in England, with the report stating he is willing to take a drop in his exorbitant wages. Arsenal will likely be interested and could have a leg up should they attempt to sign him considering the news that he favors London. Chelsea may not want to disrupt Diego Costa’s job security as the first-choice striker, but the Spaniard was injured consistently and Jose Mourinho would likely want an insurance policy, but Falcao would represent an expensive one. Liverpool is also in desperate need of an attacking option, with the consistent absence of Daniel Sturridge a deadly reality this past season.
While the player himself stayed mum throughout much of the year, Falcao’s agent spoke out against his lack of use at Manchester United, calling it insulting and hurtful.
Falcao’s Monaco contract runs through the summer of 2018, and along with his high wages, Falcao would cost a significant price in transfer fee for any interested club.
The Colombian striker surely isn’t the only casualty this summer for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal looks to mount a title run. The Daily Mail report also suggests that Jonny Evans, Rafael, and Nani are available for transfer, and van Gaal himself confirmed he is in the market for a holding midfielder so he can move Daley Blind and Ander Herrera back to their preferred positions.