Radamel Falcao: 'Great clubs' interested in Man Utd loanee

By Ben SmithBBC Sport in Monaco
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao celebrates against Leicester City
Falcao scored one of his four goals for Man Utd against Leicester

Monaco have a number of "great clubs" interested in signing their £50m striker Falcao should Manchester United decide against making his loan deal permanent at the end of the season.

The Premier League club signed the Colombian, 29, on a season-long loan last September and have the option of paying £43.2m for him in the summer.

In an interview to run on Football Focus on BBC One on Saturday (12:10 GMT), Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says: "I'm not worried for Falcao, he is a world-class striker."

Falcao has scored only four goals in 19 appearances for United.

Vasilyev adds: "If Manchester United decide not take up the option at the end of the season, we have interest from other great clubs. So I am really not worried for him at all."

United have already paid a £6m loan fee and the striker's £265,000-a-week wages.

Radamel Falcao
Falcao scored nine goals in 17 appearances in 2013-14, his first season at Monaco

Falcao was substituted an hour into the Red Devils' FA Cup fifth-round victory at Preston on Monday.

United manager Louis van Gaal said last month: "If a player costs £95m or £5,000, it doesn't make any difference. You have to prove yourself.

"We have made this deal and everything is clear."