Football Leaks: How Man United And Monaco Carried Out The Falcao Transfer

Monaco's Valere Germain (L) reacts after scoring next to teammate Radamel Falcao.

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Several powerful clubs, footballers, and officials have fallen victims due to the information regarding their illicit activities being made public, with a lot of sources have taken up the responsibility of dishing out the dirty secrets in the game.

Now, French news outlet Mediapart may be on the verge of causing huge trouble for two more European powerhouses: AS Monaco and Manchester United.

Their latest report indicates that the two clubs organized a fake friendly game – one which never actually happened – in order to transfer funds worth €4m, relating to the loan deal of Radamel Falcao.

The €4m sum was added to the initial €6m loan fee, as the Red Devils had to cough up the extra money for having finished in the top 4 of the Premier League that season with Falcao in their squad – a supposedly illegal stipulation, as Ligue 1 rules prohibit performance-based clauses from being inserted into contracts.


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Mediapart‘s  investigative report states: “The deal was such that Manchester United would pay €6m plus €4m in bonuses if the English club finished in the top 4 of the Premier League.

“Performance bonus clauses were illegal according to LFP regulations, and thus this clause was left on the second draft of the loan contract. The two clubs found a way of including the €4m in the deal, but excluding all mention of it from the legal paperwork.


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“On 1st September 2014, ​Manchester United and Monaco signed two contracts together. One was a €6m loan deal for Falcao, and the other was an agreement over a friendly match that Manchester United would pay Monaco €4m for.”

But the friendly encounter never happened, as then United boss Louis van Gaal canceled the fixture, as he “did not want to have another friendly game” following their pre-season summer tournament. However, the fee over the agreement of the game was transferred nonetheless.

If reports of these shady fund transfers turn out to be true, then both clubs could receive heavy fines for having deceived the French football authorities.

Note: The bonus clause was only illegal under the French Ligue 1 rules. United have not broken any Fifa or Uefa rules.