Despite a poor season in Ligue 1 with AS Monaco, Radamel Falcao arrived at Manchester United last summer with something of a fanfare, but it has been a difficult season for the Colombian striker. In a new interview in L’Equipe, Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has made it clear that no matter where his future lies next season, it will not be at the principality.
"The season has not been good, but he found some form. The interest from other clubs has not dropped. I'll start chatting with them. It will take time and it is too early to know what Falcao will do. When we have the details of interested clubs, we will sit down with him and make a decision, we do not know in what form (transfer or loan)."
It would be a surprise if Manchester United were willing to pay anything around the €43 million fee that was agreed as an option before the loan deal. Falcao has only scored four goals in 26 league games. Louis van Gaal will likely look elsewhere for a striker next season; it would be a shock to even see another loan as an option.
One thing that is certain, his future will not be at Monaco. The 29-year-old striker may have to return for pre-season at least, but between Vasilyev and his agent, Jorge Mendes, they will find another club to take the striker on.
Vasilyev used rejuvenated midfielder Joao Moutinho as an example of what can be achieved in a new environment:
“I spoke with him; he knows he must be ready at the right time. A career is played on details. Look at Moutinho this season compared to last season. This is the same player in the same Championship, and yet it has been nothing similar. For Falcao, it can be the same, just slightly, a different coach, a new gaming system ... It needs to click.”
After 12 goals in his one season with Monaco, Leonardo Jardim would be understandably sceptical in seeing Falcao come into his young, vibrant side next season.
Falcao used to be one of the most sought-after strikers in European football, but now he is searching for a home. Fortunately there are a lot of clubs in between Manchester and Monte Carlo.