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Falcao Agreement Will make United Focus

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The January transfer window is still nearly three months away, but for the biggest Premier League clubs the recruitment drive never truly ends.

Many fans might (justifiably) suggest that Manchester United have bigger issues that need addressing, but on Friday the Daily Mail reported that the club have agreed in principle all the details required for the permanent transfer of striker Radamel Falcao next summer.

Manchester United have already agreed the personal terms of a proposed summer transfer for loan signing Radamel Falcao in a bid to avoid a repeat of the wage wrangle they had with Carlos Tevez five years ago.

Having paid a loan fee of £6 million 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.

The news should not come as a massive surprise, even if it does draw United ever nearer to another sizeable transfer outlay. In general terms it makes good business sense for both parties to nail down the details of Falcao’s impending transfer at the earliest possible opportunity—regardless of the memories of the Tevez situation—although arguably the practice marginally favours the player more than the club.

A salary of £250,000 a week is a lot to commit to a player who remains yet to score for his new club (he has provided two assists); even if the Colombian subsequently goes on a Diego Costa-esque goalscoring run, that agreed salary package is unlikely to look to be a bargain from United’s perspective.

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