Man Utd could sign Falcao in cut-price deal

Manchester United may decide to take up the option of signing striker Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis after parent club Monaco were hit by Financial Fair Play sanctions, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The French side have been hit with a £9.5m fine and a squad restriction by UEFA for breaking the rules, which state that clubs may not spend more than they earn over a three-year period.

Falcao has struggled since moving to Old Trafford in a significant deal towards the end of last summer’s transfer window, scoring a disappointing total of four Premier League goals. Man Utd had agreed a fee of £43.2m to sign him permanently in the summer should they decide.

It has been looking increasingly unlikely that manager Louis van Gaal will take up that option, but may be tempted should the price be lowered. Should he return to Monaco, he would be on wages of £330,000 per week – an amount that the Champions League quarter-finalists are unwilling to pay due to FFP implications, meaning that they could be convinced to sell him for less than the agreed fee.

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