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04/03/2015 00:00:00
by Agencies

MANCHESTER United have no plans to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal from Monaco, according to reports in France.

The Colombian forward has scored four goals in 20 outings for Louis van Gaal's side, but LVG is seeking to sign a man capable of hitting 20 goals a season.

United had an option to activate a £40m buy-out clause having paid almost £6 million for the season-long loan. Falcao is on around £265,000 a week during his season in the Premier League.

According to French sports newspaper L'Equipe, United decided against pursuing the Falcao signing when he toiled against Preston in the FA Cup as United fought back to win 3-1 last month.

Falcao only lasted an hour before being substituted as United progressed to the last eight.

"He has to prove himself, that we have agreed. We have made this deal and everything is clear and it is not the end of the year (the duration of his loan spell) so he has the chance for that," said Van Gaal in January.

"For the manager it is the quality of the training sessions, the quality in his performances and matches and he has to compare (favourably).

"A player of £95m has to prove himself also. Maybe he has less motivation so I have to be like that."

Valencia have been linked to the Colombian forward, who has failed to recover his old scoring form since a knee injury prevented him from playing at the World Cup finals.

However, Press Association Sport and the BBC subsequently claimed that L'Equipe's report is not correct, saying that it is understood Van Gaal will wait until May before deciding whether he wants to make the loan move for the 29-year-old permanent.
Despite a slow start, the Old Trafford hierarchy insisted at the turn of the year that Falcao would come good.

Senior sources were said to be impressed by Falcao's work ethic, which they compared to that of world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, who enjoyed six successful years at Old Trafford before moving to his current club Real Madrid.


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