Update from Tuesday, June 24
BeIN Sports has moved quickly to distance itself from claims that it had reported an agreement between Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid.
Carmen Colino of AS cited beINSports when announcing the imminent switch of Falcao from Monaco to Madrid, but the following tweets provide a significant twist to the story:
Contrairement à certaines informations, beIN SPORTS France dément formellement avoir annoncé le transfert de Falcao au Real Madrid.— beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) June 24, 2014
Radamel Falcao has allegedly agreed to a deal to join Real Madrid from Monaco, according to reports.
The Colombian forward—who is sitting out of the World Cup after failing to sufficiently recover from injury—is reported to be readying himself for the Bernabeu, according to beINSports (via Carmen Colino of AS):
Bein Sports tonight announced that Radamel Falcao has agreed a deal with Real Madrid and that it will be announced once the World Cup finishes. They said that the agreement was reached in the last few days, and that Falcao will realise his own personal dream of playing for Real Madrid, as this newspaper reported last Saturday.
Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports indicates Falcao has turned down a move to the Premier League ahead of the prospective transfer:
Claims in Spain that Real Madrid will announce signing of Radamel Falcao after the World Cup finals after he shunned interest from England.— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) June 24, 2014
A move to Real has often been cited for the 28-year-old striker, who used to represent Atletico Madrid with such aplomb. He was forced to deny claims his big-money move to Monaco was a "stepping stone" to Atletico's rivals in 2013, as directly moving from one Madrid club to another would produce an intense reaction among the Rojiblancos support.
Is Radamel Falcao using Monaco as a stepping stone to Real Madrid?
Unfortunately for Falcao, moving to Real after one season with Monaco would confirm the aforementioned suggestions. Injury restrictions limited him to 17 appearances in Ligue 1 last term—in which he scored nine goals, per WhoScored.com—but there's a sense the principality side will struggle to overshadow Paris Saint-Germain in the coming years.
Falcao has won trophies in Argentina, Portugal and Spain, but he is yet to land the La Liga crown. At his age, this opportunity isn't going to present itself too many times in the future, so now would be the right time to move if he is craving medals. Considering Real just captured the Copa del Rey and La Decima under Carlo Ancelotti, it appears silverware will continue to arrive in the near future.
Karim Benzema may have something to say about the potential deal. The French striker was quietly brilliant throughout the 2013-14 campaign and has hit a stunning run of form for the national team at the World Cup.
J. L. Calderon of Marca outlined Benzema as an "essential element" of Real's play in a previous link to Luis Suarez, which seems to have finally died down. Now the Liverpool man is linked with a move to Barcelona, reported by Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail, it seems Falcao is open to heading back to the Spanish capital.
A world-class finisher from inside the box and long range, Falcao's qualities are proven across the globe. He offers solid holdup play, intelligent movement and an eye for the spectacular, as shown so many times during his time with Atletico. He certainly faces a challenge to return from injury with the same level of sharpness, but that shouldn't be a major concern.
Real are used to landing summer stars—think Gareth Bale last year, Luka Modric the year before—so if Florentino Perez's urge to spend big arises again, Falcao is undoubtedly a prime candidate for the short-term success of the club.