Radamel Falcao has been the subject of many newspaper headlines in the past few weeks. The forward cost a staggering £6million for a season long loan from Monaco and his future has been uncertain at best, with reports allegedly emanating from Old Trafford that he may already be on his way out.
The Colombian striker reportedly earns £265,000 a week but with a return of just 3 goals in 13 appearances questions are going to be asked about his value for money. However, if United want to sign Falcao on a permanent basis they have until May to activate the £40m buy-out clause in his contract.
But the question on many United fans lips is whether or not Van Gaal will sign him on a permanent basis come May. His Manchester United career has been hampered by a calf injury and so far this season he has started only eight matches. So, has Falcao done enough in 13 appearances to justify a £40million fee?
His agent certainly thinks so, recently Jorge Mendes was recorded as saying: “He will play in one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not.” Clearly, another example of an agent trying to get his client a better deal but when a player already earns over £1million a month he won’t get the fans sympathy unless he can deliver the goods on the pitch. Mendes has already made it known, on behalf of his client, that the Columbian will not be returning to Monaco, the club he joined in May 2013 for a widely reported sum of £50m. It was his highly prolific spells at both Atletico Madrid and Porto that attracted Monaco’s attention and command such a high fee. However, with former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres struggling to make an impact after his £50million move from Liverpool will Falcao suffer the same fate?
What is certain is that United fans want him to be a success at the club but weather he gets the chance to score more goals is down to the manager. If reports from Old Trafford are true then the Columbian was not happy at being dropped for the defeat at Southampton which the manager said was tactical and nothing to do with injury.
It is clear that the jury is still out on Falcao and his agent is not helping when it looks like the player is already trying to engineer a move away from Old Trafford. The striker will have to take his chances when and if they come.