AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists that Manchester United could still sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis this summer despite the Colombian striker's below par performances this season.
The 29-year-old striker was expected to take the Premier League by storm following his sensational £6 million loan switch from AS Monaco last summer.
However, a combination of injuries and lack of form has seen the Colombian, who was a lethal striker during his days at Porto and Atletico Madrid, become a bitter disappointment this season, managing only 4 goals in 22 Premier League appearance so far.
Due to this reason, United are not expected to take up the option to permanently sign Falcao for £43.1 million this summer, with the striker being heavily linked with a move to Liverpool.
But Vasilyev insists that there is still a chance of the Red Devils signing the former Porto striker on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Despite admitting that Falcao has not been at his best at Old Trafford this season, Vasilyev insists that Manchester United are yet to make a decision on whether they want to retain the services of the Colombian on a permanent basis or not.
"I saw Manchester United leaders last Sunday and they have not yet decided if they will exercise the option [to sign Falcao permanently]," Vasilyev told French daily newspaper Nice-Matin.
"It's not his best season but they retain the opportunity to talk at the end of the season. We are not in any further negotiations for the moment, even if big clubs are interested. The decision is in Manchester, then we will talk with the player to find out what he wants."
Even if United do not take up the option to sign Falcao on a permanent basis at the end of the season, Monaco, who paid a reported €60 million to Atletcio Madrid for the services of the striker in the summer of 2013, will not be too worried as a host of clubs including Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are believed to be interested in signing the Colombian despite his poor form this season.