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David De Gea contract could mean Radamel Falcao stay

Radamel Falcao’s future at Manchester United could depend on whether David De Gea signs a new contract at the club. As reported by Manchester Evening News, Falcao could be made part of an agreement that would make him stay at United, if De Gea signs a new contract.

Both De Gea and Falcao are represented agent Jorge Mendes. As United’s effort to keep De Gea at Old Trafford intensifies, Mendes could see the opportunity to give Falcao a longer stay at United. With United looking likely to qualify for next year’s Champions League, Mendes is looking to keep Falcao at United to play in the competition. Falcao has not played in the Champions League since the 2009-10 season with Portuguese side FC Porto, and Mendes is looking to rectify that.

United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed last month that the club has offered De Gea “a lot of money” to extend his contract beyond 2016. Despite poor results in the last two seasons, De Gea has been the brightest light at the club, winning the club’s Player of the Year for last season, and is the favourite to win this year’s award. It looks clear why United would want him to stay beyond the end of his current deal, and Mendes might be want to take advantage of that.

The prospect of Falcao staying at the club beyond his current loan deal looked bleak. His record of four goals in 27 appearances for United is well below par for a Manchester United striker. However, with Falcao’s future seemingly intertwined with that of De Gea’s, United might have to consider signing the Colombian on a more permanent basis. With United looking to wrap up transfers early in the summer, a deal for De Gea would mean not having to look for a replacement, which might take a while. However, Falcao is likely to participate in the summer’s Copa America, which ends less than two weeks before United’s first pre-season game, and Falcao might want to use that time to rest.

Agent Mendes has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with United since the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003, and wouldn’t want to damage that relationship by allowing De Gea to leave for free when his contract expires. Mendes also influenced De Gea’s move to the club back in 2011, when the transfer was reportedly delayed so that Mendes could replace Hector Rincon as De Gea’s agent. Of course, Mendes’ serve his and his clients’ needs before United’s, and a deal for Falcao would make sense for him to make.

Keeping De Gea would be a major move for United, “as important as a new signing,” as the clichéd saying goes, as United would be warding off interest from Real Madrid. Signing Falcao, on the other hand, might look like a step back. Falcao’s had a poor season, to say the least, and is not showing very many signs of possible improving. Signing Falcao would also take up space in the front line, with no other strikers looking likely to leave, meaning United won’t be able to sign another striker.

De Gea has been a vital part in the United, and it’s clear that United are prepared to do anything to keep him. However if keeping him means signing Falcao on a permanent basis, then the club might need to keep their options open. Selling De Gea might be a major blow for the club, but a club with United’s prestige and financial muscle would be able to attract top class goalkeepers to replace him, and letting Falcao go means there is a chance for United to improve their front line.

That being said, there is still the possibility of Falcao coming back to his old self next season. The Copa America this summer could just be the confidence boost that he needs, and if he performs well then, his form may carry on to the new season. But that does sound too ideal to be true, and the club might have to make a difficult decision this summer; let De Gea, their best player for the past two seasons leave, or keep Falcao and run the risk of stunting the improvement of the club’s strike force.

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