Sunday 22 September 2019

United set to fast-track Falcao's clearance to play

New Manchester United striker is welcomed to the club by assistant manager Ryan Giggs after signing for the club late on transfer deadline day. Photo: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images
New Manchester United striker is welcomed to the club by assistant manager Ryan Giggs after signing for the club late on transfer deadline day. Photo: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

Mark Ogden

Manchester United are attempting to fast-track Radamel Falcao's clearance to play for them by arranging for the forward to secure a working visa at the British Consulate in Miami.

Falcao, whose £20m loan move from AS Monaco to United was ratified by the Premier League at 1.10am on Tuesday, left Manchester within hours of completing his transfer in order to link up with the Colombia squad ahead of Friday's friendly against Brazil at Miami's Sun Life Stadium.

And with Louis van Gaal determined to have the 28-year-old in his squad for the Premier League encounter with QPR at Old Trafford on September 14, efforts are being made to accelerate Falcao's availability by cutting through red tape during his four-day trip to Florida. Although obtaining a work permit for the player will be a formality, the former Atletico Madrid and Porto striker must still go through the process of an interview for a working visa before being able to make his United debut.

United are still waiting for Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo to be granted his working visa, two weeks after his £16m transfer from Sporting Lisbon. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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