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£91m: Analysing the True Cost of Man United Deal to Sign Radamel Falcao

Old Trafford side will have to fork out massive sum to land Colombian on a permanent basis.

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Man United are set to announce the signing of AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao on a season long loan deal but it’s a move that could cost the Old Trafford side a whopping £91m to make permanent.

Louis van Gaal’s side will pay £12m for the loaning of the Colombian for the 2014/15 season according to the Metro with the Premier League side having the option to make the move permanent for a fee of €65m (£51.3m).

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The 28 year old has agreed terms on a four year deal worth £134k a week according to Spanish source AS, a wage that is by no means astronomical when you consider the sums being paid to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, both of whom earn well in excess of £200k a week.

That sum is all the more ‘paltry’ when you consider just how much Falcao would earn at AS Monaco when you factor in his tax-free salary.

The former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid man may well be so keen to secure a move away from his Ligue 1 side that he’s willing to take such a pay-cut and van Gaal will hope that the signing of the South American will spark his side into life after a poor start to the Premier League season.

It’s worth noting that the £91m total does not factor in any potential signing-on fee that could in all likelihood drive the cost of the player to up around £100m.

Man United have already spent well over £130m on new signings with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw being signed early in the transfer window before the more recent deals to bring in Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria.

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