Man United flop to be offered shock escape route

Argentinian giants River Plate are hopeful they can pull off a stunning summer deal for Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao, according to The Express.

The Colombia international is looking unlikely to kept on beyond his loan spell at Old Trafford from Monaco, with rumours suggesting that the 29-year-old – who has netted just four goals for the Red Devils – has all but accepted his fate.

There is a £43m clause in place for United to keep him, yet Louis van Gaal appears reluctant to commit to such a fee, which has been hinted at by his consistent exclusions from the starting XI and a shock appearance for the club’s U-21 team.

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A number of sides – including Juventus – are believed to be looking at Falcao, but River are hopeful they can pull of a stunning deal.

The South American marksman spent eight years with the Buenos Aires outfit before joining Porto in 2009, and made his breakthrough at the club in 2005 as a youngster.

And the club’s vice president Matias Patanian says bringing him back remains a dream.

“We are dreaming of Falcao, the doors are open.” He said.

“It depends on what is sold to bring him in mid-year. If we do not sell we can bring in two players.”