It will come as no surprise to anyone that has watched Manchester United over the past few months, but it looks like Radamel Falcao will not be staying on at Old Trafford beyond this season.
Falcao joined Manchester United to great fanfare in the final minutes of the summer transfer window but has seriously struggled under Louis van Gaal.
Perhaps Falcao has not truly recovered from his serious knee injury or just hasn’t settled properly, but the player seen in England has been a shadow of the one that banged in the goals for Porto and Atletico Madrid.
On Wednesday L’Equipe, who usually have their ear to the ground when it comes to transfer news regarding French based players, report that Manchester United will not be buying Falcao this summer.
The one-season loan has reportedly cost Manchester United 15 million euros with a full transfer at the end of the season agreed at 55 million euros, according to Foot Mercato.
However, Radamel Falcao’s poor recent form means Manchester United do not want to hold onto the Colombian and will send the striker back to Monaco.
The decision was made, according to L’Equipe, in mid-February, after Manchester United’s FA Cup win at Preston.
The Manchester United hierarchy were reportedly stunned that Falcao struggled against a League One side and had to be hauled off after 60 minutes.
Falcao did play in Manchester United’s last game, against Sunderland, where he won a penalty.
It is surely still conceivable, despite the L’Equipe report, that if Falcao were to go on a goal scoring run between now and the end of the season, that the Colombian could still play himself into a permanent Manchester United move.
Valencia are, according to L’Equipe, still tracking the Falcao developments.