Manchester United could still sign Radamel Falcao after Ed Woodward holds talks with Monaco over striker's future

  • Manchester United could still sign Radamel Falcao permanently 
  • Chief executive Ed Woodward held talks with Monaco on Sunday
  • Woodward told Monaco the club would make decision at end of the season
  • Under the terms of the loan, United would have to pay £43.5m for striker
  • Monaco are willing to negotiate fee however after Falcao's poor loan spell
  • Falcao has managed just four league goals for United this term 
  • Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim believes Falcao can rediscover his form

By Neil Ashton for MailOnline

Published: 17:35 GMT, 21 April 2015 | Updated: 18:36 GMT, 21 April 2015

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Radamel Falcao could still sign permanently for Manchester United after it emerged that chief executive Ed Woodward held talks with Monaco on Sunday over the striker’s future.

Falcao, who has scored just four times for United since his season-long loan move from Monaco, drew another blank at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

But Woodward told Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev last Sunday that they would make a decision on the right to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

Manchester United could sign Radamel Falcao permanently after holding talks with Monaco on Sunday 

Manchester United could sign Radamel Falcao permanently after holding talks with Monaco on Sunday 

The striker has endured a frustrating season on loan at Man United and has managed just four league goals

The striker has endured a frustrating season on loan at Man United and has managed just four league goals

Vasilyev said: ‘I saw the Manchester United people last Sunday and they have not yet decided if they would exercise the option..

‘It’s not his best season, but they kept the opportunity to make a decision at the end of the season.’

Although it seems highly unlikely that United will keep the Colombian striker, Falcao has been given hope of a second chance under Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal.

Under the terms of the original loan United would have to pay £43.5m for the forward, but it has since emerged that Monaco are willing to negotiate on the transfer fee after a disappointing season at United.

Vasilyev added: ‘We are not in any other negotiations, even if big clubs are interested. The decision is with Manchester, then we will discuss with the player what he wants. I would like to have more visibility.’

Falcao missed last summer’s World Cup in Brazil following a knee injury and it is thought he rushed his recovery in an attempt to play in the tournament for Colombia.

Under the terms of the loan United would have to pay £43.5m for the striker but Monaco are willing to negotiate

Under the terms of the loan United would have to pay £43.5m for the striker but Monaco are willing to negotiate

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward spoke with Monaco president Vasim Vasilyev on Sunday
Vasilyev says he met 'the Manchester United people last Sunday'

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward spoke with Monaco president Vasim Vasilyev on Sunday

Vasilyev added: ‘He had mishaps in Monaco. He had problems with the coach Claudio Ranieri, there was a lack of understanding.

‘He was also seriously injured and missed the World Cup. In late August, he came to tell us that he wanted to play at a higher level.”

Ranieri has since been replaced by Leonardo Jardim and he has backed Falcao to rediscover his goalscoring form after a frustrating season at United.

Jardim, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus in the Stade Louis II, is preparing for his return at the end of the season.

Jardim, speaking ahead of his side's home clash with Juventus, is confident Falcao can get back to his best

Jardim, speaking ahead of his side's home clash with Juventus, is confident Falcao can get back to his best

The Portuguese coach said: ‘He’s not had a great season that is true, but I’m sure he can come back to the levels he was at in the past - that much I’m convinced about.

‘It’s not a question for me, but for the players, I’ve only worked with him for a month.’

Monaco lost the first leg last week in the Juventus Stadium to a controversial penalty and face Massimiliano Allegri’s team in the second leg.

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