Football Leaks; Man United ‘Paid Monaco £3.5million for “Ghost Friendly” As Part Of Radamel Falcao Loan Transfer In 2014

Manchester United have now themselves in the latest Football Leaks reports after claims that they circumvented French league rules to pay AS Monaco a bonus for the 2014 signing of Radamel Falcao.

Radamel Falcao joined Manchester United in September 2014 on a season-long loan deal

The Red Devils agreed to take the forward to Manchester, despite him having cost the Principality club €60million just 15 months previously.

A €10million loan fee was agreed and United allegedly wanted to make €4million (£3.5m) conditional on the club finishing in the top four in Louis van Gaal’s first season at the helm.

However, LFP rules prohibit performance bonuses of that ilk being included. As such, it is claimed by Football Leaks, in conjunction with French publication Mediapart, that United agreed to two different contracts.

The first saw Falaco move on loan for just €6million, with the second being an agreement for a friendly match between the two clubs which would cost United €4million.

The only condition on the friendly going ahead was that United finished in the top four

However, it is alleged that one of the clauses contained within stated that if the friendly did not go ahead, United must still pay Monaco €4million (£3.5m).

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