Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

UNITED GET FALCAO; THEY'LL PAY HIM PS300K A WEEK Van Gaal Lands Falcao on Loan and He'll Be on PS300k a Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

UNITED GET FALCAO; THEY'LL PAY HIM PS300K A WEEK Van Gaal Lands Falcao on Loan and He'll Be on PS300k a Week

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Byline: Ian Herbert and James Olley

MANCHESTER UNITED today agreed a sensational deadline-day loan deal for Radamel Falcao.

The move for Falcao indicates that Louis van Gaal is ready to let England striker Danny Welbeck go, following Javier Hernandez out of Old Trafford, with the Mexican today joining Real Madrid on loan.

Tottenham are contenders for Welbeck. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a fan of the 23-year-old and Spurs have so far missed out on both Salomon Kalou and Loic Remy.

Sunderland also have designs on Welbeck but the player, who trained with England at London Colney today, wants a top six club. Welbeck's representatives declined to discuss the situation with Standard Sport today.

The PS5-6million loan fee United have paid Monaco for Falcao takes their outlay to nearly PS40m although United's willingness to take on his wages reveals how desperate the club are to pay what it takes to return to the top four.

He is likely to become United's bestpaid player unless they have negotiated a huge cut in his earnings. Falcao is understood to have been commanding more than PS300,000-a-week at Monaco.

It is possible that United's business is not yet complete. A late move for Juventus' Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is not beyond the bounds of possibility, strengthening United in the defensive midfield area where they are in need of reinforcement.

The move for the 28-year-old Colombian is clearly an opportunistic, last-minute move by United. Sources at the top of Old Trafford indicated as late as yesterday afternoon that the prospect of further signings in this transfer window was unlikely after a summer in which more than PS150m has been invested in a squad rebuild. United's Ander Continued on Page 61 Continued from Back Page Herrera contributed to mounting speculation of a deadline day coup by following Falcao on Twitter. …

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