Man United may get cut-price fee for Falcao after UEFA ruling
Monaco are one of 10 clubs, including Inter Milan, Roma and Sporting Lisbon, who fell foul of FFP restrictions during the last financial year
Radamel Falcao could be made available for a cut-price fee by Monaco and handed a potential lifeline at Manchester United after Uefa imposed a £9.5 million fine and 22-man squad restriction on the French club for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
Monaco, who signed Falcao in a £50 million deal from Atlético Madrid in the summer of 2013, are one of 10 clubs, including Inter Milan, Roma and Sporting Lisbon, who have agreed settlements with Uefa after falling foul of FFP restrictions during the last financial year.
Italian giants Inter have suffered the heaviest punishment, a £14.5 million fine and 21-man squad restriction in European competition for overspending last season.
Monaco’s punishment is likely to have implications for Falcao, however, due to the club’s reluctance to foot his £330,000-a-week wages should United pass on their option to make the Colombian forward’s season-long loan a permanent transfer this summer.
Since United and Monaco agreed a £43.2 million fee last summer for any permanent deal for Falcao, the 29-year-old has scored just four goals in 27 appearances, making it highly unlikely that manager Louis van Gaal will seek to retain the player, who earns a reduced £265,000 a week.
But Monaco’s need to cut costs and offload players may force the club’s Russian owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, to consider lowering the asking price for Falcao in the wake of his poor form at United.
With few clubs in Europe either able or prepared to meet the costs of signing Falcao and paying his wages, the prospect of a reduced fee could prompt United to reconsider the merits of renegotiating the agreement with Monaco.
Van Gaal, whose virus-hit team aim to avoid a fourth consecutive league defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, has admitted he was forced to accelerate a £22 million move for Memphis Depay to prevent the PSV Eindhoven winger signing for Paris St-Germain.
Van Gaal, who selected Depay for his Holland World Cup squad last year, admitted he would have waited until the end of the season had PSG not been ready to pounce.
“I have been forced to sign him before the end of this season,” he said. “We have to focus on the remaining games but when you sign a new player you can disturb the focus of the current ones. But because of the market, we had to handle this because otherwise he would have signed for Paris St-Germain.”