The loan signing of Radamel Falcao from Monaco by Manchester United is arguably the biggest piece of business of this season’s transfer window. The Colombian forward is an international superstar, and he will now be plying his trade in the Premier League. However, should the Red Devils want Falcao permanently, then their total spend will be very, very large.
The Express writes that a £6 million fee has already been agreed between United an Monaco, for the player to represent the Old Trafford club this year. It is also reported that Falcao will be taking home an astronomical £350,000 a week, which works out at £18 million for the year. Combined, 12 months of Falcao costs £24 million.
In turn, Louis Van Gaal is expected to pay at least £50 million for the player next summer, if the Dutch manager hopes to bring him into the United fold permanently. All of those figures combined amount to a total outlay of £74 million – and that is before the forward’s contract is finalised next summer.
The figure will still not eclipse that of the world record transfer fee, but it does represent a staggering financial investment. Should Falcao be successful at United by guiding them back into the Champions’ League and back toward winning trophies, then the money will no doubt be forgotten very quickly. However, should the striker take time to settle in, contribute an average-to-poor goals tally and fail to hoist the team back up the Premier League table, then his signing could become one of the worst in recent history. Louis Van Gaal is clearly prepared to take the massive gamble.