Radamel Falcao still hot property, says Monaco director
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will find a top class side if Manchester United do not take up the option to sign him after a disappointing loan spell the vice-president of his French club Monaco told the BBC on Saturday.
London: Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will find a top class side if Manchester United do not take up the option to sign him after a disappointing loan spell the vice-president of his French club Monaco told the BBC on Saturday.
The 29-year-old -- who missed last year`s World Cup after failing to recover from a serious knee injury -- is according to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev wanted by several great clubs.
Falcao, who made his name at Portuguese giants Porto before earning a multi-million euros transfer to Monaco where he spent the 2013/14 season, would cost United £43.2million ($66.5million, 58.5million euros) were they to exercise their option.
However, with just four goals in 19 appearances -- he was substituted in United`s last match the FA Cup fifth round clash with Preston -- it seems increasingly unlikely.
"I`m not worried for Falcao, he is a world-class striker," Vasilyev told the BBC`s Football Focus programme.
"If Manchester United decide not to 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."
United have already paid a £6m loan fee and the striker`s £265,000-a-week wages.
United manager Louis van Gaal has been pilloried in the Colombian press and dubbed `Van Maal` (Mr Evil) by former Colombian international striker Faustiono Asprilla.
However, the Dutch coach suggested last month that Falcao -- who scored nine goals in his first season with Monaco -- was a long way from proving he deserved a permanent move.
"If a player costs £95m or £5,000, it doesn`t make any difference. You have to prove yourself.
"We have made this deal and everything is clear."