River Plate director: 'Doors are open' for Manchester United striker Falcao
Argentine giants River Plate have dreams of making a move for Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao this summer, says the club's vice president.
In a conversation with Esto es River, vice president Matias Patanian admitted bringing back the out-of-form striker is something the club are considering for the upcoming window.
"We are dreaming of Falcao, the doors are open," he said. "It depends on what is sold to bring him in mid-year. If we do not sell we can bring in two players."
Falcao, who began his professional career at River, appears set to exit Old Trafford at season's end after a disappointing one-year loan spell with United. And Patanian is excited at the possibility of his club pouncing on the Colombia international.
Speaking to a different outlet, River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio, while not as enthusiastic, backed his No. 2's words.
"Falcao will always be in the team's plans," he told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.
Falcao has not started for United since the 2-0 win over Sunderland last month, and has scored just four goals in 22 appearances. But he has refused to let himself be discouraged by the paucity of opportunity in Louis van Gaal's side as he recovers from an ACL injury suffered last year.
Speaking to Colombian radio station Radio Caracol last week, the former Monaco and Atletico Madrid man insisted he only needs regular playing time to recapture his best self. Where that will be, however, remains a mystery.
"When the championship finishes, of course I will sit down, analyse things and decide what is best for me," he added. "Obviously I need to find a place where I have continuity and where I can play."
Information from PA Sport was used in this report.