Manchester United have reportedly already agreed personal terms of a proposed summer transfer for loan signing Radamel Falcao, who the club signed on loan from Monaco on the last day of the summer transfer window.
Having paid a loan fee of £6million to the French club for the 28-year-old, United have also agreed to a transfer fee of £43.5m if they decide to take the striker permanently at the end of the season.
Now it has emerged that United chief executive Ed Woodward has already agreed a £250,000-a-week wage, as well as bonuses and image rights, with the player and his representatives ahead of next summer. By agreeing to terms with Falcao now, United make sure that there is no room for negotiation should the player’s representatives seek more money next May.
Falcao is reportedly on £265,000-a-week before taxes this season, which is what his Monaco contract pays him. So if United are able to get him for £250,000-a-week after taxes, this is great negotiation by Woodward.
That Falcao was willing to take a pay cut to move to United, is a strong indication that he bee lives that the club is heading in the right direction under Louis van Gaal despite the club’s slow start to the season.
While Falcao has yet to score for United he has laid on two goals for Robin van Perise the last two weeks, and he show glimpses of his world class form. As Falcao gets fitter, and further removed from his cruciate ligament surgery early in the year, he should start to demonstrate the form that has made him one of the best strikers in the world.