Following the signings of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos by Real Madrid this summer, Los Blancos’ chances of further improving their squad in any way appeared impossible.
However, reports have now emerged that the European champions are looking to bring Rodriguez’s fellow countryman Radamel Falcao to the Bernabeu on loan in a bid to bolster their attacking line, as Carmen Colino of AS reports.
Ancelotti needs another '9'. Lukaku and Falcao on today's front page. pic.twitter.com/ky1AIgtQfM— AS English (@English_AS) July 26, 2014
Colino writes that with Karim Benzema the only recognised out-and-out striker in Real’s ranks, the club are eager to bring in one more forward—and they’re starting at the very top.
After signing with Monaco for £50 million last summer and becoming one of the most expensive players in world football per BBC Sport, Falcao endured an injury-plagued Ligue 1 season during which he contributed just nine goals to the French club’s cause, according to WhoScored.com.
Missing out on the World Cup with Colombia through injury gave Rodriguez the chance to shine in Brazil, and AS revealed via Twitter that Falcao is so keen to follow in his teammate’s footsteps by heading to the Spanish capital that he’ll take a huge pay cut to do so:
Falcao reportedly willing to take a 50% cut on his 14 million euro salary to 'play in white at the Bernabéu'— AS English (@English_AS) July 26, 2014
The 28-year-old currently earns €14 million per year, but with him reportedly happy at accepting €7 million for a season in the white shirt and Monaco willing to let him go for €12.5 million, per Colino, the deal may be going through in the coming months.
Real would then have the option to pay Monaco €33 million to complete the transfer on a permanent basis, which Falcao’s impact on La Liga will decide.
It would mean the end of the heralded “BBC” attacking line at the Bernabeu—Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo—but a “BBF” trio would be equally deadly.
The rumours will come as somewhat of a surprise to Monaco fans, to whom Falcao recently pledged his future for the upcoming campaign—as David Kent of the Daily Mail reported:
“I believe in Monaco's project. I want to stay here and play Champions League football with Monaco.”
The French club may have to cope in the Champions League next season without their two star assets but would be a lot richer for the experience.
For Real, though, football immortality awaits. After tying up the services of Kroos and Rodriguez, it was difficult to see any team stopping Los Blancos retaining their Champions League title next term—with Falcao, difficult would become impossible.