Falcao To Quit United?
The Colombia international striker moved to United on loan from French side Monaco in early September for an initial fee of £6million. The Red Devils have the option to make the move permanent for a fee of £44million which, according to the Sunday Mirror must be paid in April of next year. That gives Falcao just four months to impress Louis van Gaal.
The 28-year-old has seen his season blighted with injuries, though he came on as a substitute with 20 minutes to go of yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Hull City. However, he has scored just once in six appearances and there are fears that a permanent Manchester United transfer may not now take place.
Monaco are already looking at other clubs to take Falcao off their hands as they fear United will decide against paying the £44million and have apparently given United until the beginning of April to come to a decision.
Premier League Trio In Hernandez Link
Meanwhile, rumours yesterday claimed that Real Madrid are set to pass up on their option to purchase Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Now, there are claims he could be a target for Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs.
The Mexico international is currently on loan at the Bernabeu and Real have an option to purchase Hernandez for £16million at the end of the season. However, he has played just 316 minutes of football this season. The last four La Liga games have seen him play just six minutes along with only three minutes of action in Real’s last three Champions League matches.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be eyeing up a move for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero rather than a permanent deal for Hernandez.
Reports today suggest that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham will look to sign Hernandez next summer. The Gunners were linked with the Mexican prior to his move to Real Madrid but United decided they didn’t want to strengthen one of their Premier League rivals, much as Arsenal did when they refused to sell Thomas Vermaelen to United in August.
A move to Liverpool for Hernandez would be even more surprising given that no player has moved directly between the two clubs since 1964.
Tottenham would be a possible destination for Hernandez. Spurs have also been linked in the past with the striker and chairman Daniel Levy is known to be and admirer.
Alternatively, United could hang on to Hernandez as a replacement for Falcao should his permanent move fall through. That looks unlikely at the moment, though.
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