Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a move for Radamel Falcao, saying Real Madrid "don't need" another forward.
Los Blancos' offensive talent is stacked with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Jese Rodriguez and James Rodriguez all vying for places in attack. Many reports indicated Falcao would be pursued on a year-long loan deal worth £10 million, reported by Chris Waugh of the Daily Mail, but it seems Benzema isn't going to receive a direct centre-forward challenger this term.
Ancelotti spoke after the European champions' pre-season friendly with Inter Milan, reported by Pablo Polo of Marca:
I think that in this team we have Benzema who is very reliable and we can also play other players there. Isco can be a false nine; it's not so important to have a centre-forward to score a lot of goals, but rather a player to play Bale or Cristiano in. We're not going to look for another forward because we don't need one.
Alvaro Morata recently exited the Bernabeu due to the aforementioned competition halting his development. If Isco is to be considered for a regular place in the line-up, he will likely appear instead of Benzema, or risk upsetting the side's balance in midfield.
As such, Falcao's presence would become an expensive luxury, as it's not often Ancelotti utilises two wide forwards and a duo of main strikers.
Monaco appear ready to let their star man leave, despite him registering just 17 appearances during his debut Ligue 1 campaign, per WhoScored.com.
"For now, he is a Monaco player and I am counting on him," said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, per Waugh. "I think he will be able to start playing again at the Emirates Cup. He is now in the final phase of his recuperation."
The 28-year-old's knee injury halted his respectable tally of nine goals, but it may yet prove that his principality appearances were something of a stepping stone onto a bigger project. That said, few clubs possess the funds to replicate his £50 million transfer from last year.
Do Real Madrid need to sign Radamel Falcao this summer?
Falcao's potential arrival could cause unrest at the Bernabeu. It would certainly act as an alarm to Benzema, whose improved work rate and responsibility as the side's spearhead ensures he remains key.
He netted 23 goals across La Liga and the Champions League last season, per WhoScored.com, but he will likely see his productivity cut down if Falcao hit his stride upon his potential return to the capital.
The Colombian's appearance in the famous white shirt would also act as a further dismissal of Morata. How would the 21-year-old feel knowing he is unwanted, having been pushed out the door to Juventus, but still at the mercy of Real's buyback clause? The young Spaniard could have contributed if provided consistent chances to shine and may feel something of a last resort if Falcao joins.
While Ancelotti insists the former Porto man isn't needed, it's always difficult to tell with Madrid. Florentino Perez often can't help himself and will certainly be tempted if Falcao becomes available. James' signing can already be considered a summer luxury—Ancelotti certainly wasn't crying out for the World Cup star—so Real's extortionate spending can never be ruled out.
The manager's quotes may be a sly method of wrestling control from Perez, as Ancelotti has also made it clear he wishes to keep Angel Di Maria, per Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC:
L'Equipe: Carlo Ancelotti keen to keep Di Maria, but Real Madrid still want to sell. Talks continue with PSG, but not on verge of success.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 27, 2014
AS say Carlo Ancelotti is alone in battle to keep Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid. Marca reporting that PSG are willing to pay €80m for him.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 28, 2014
Real Madrid can certainly look forward to a productive year, but there's no doubt the balance of the squad must be maintained.
The club's main offensive talents are versatile and can fulfill a number of roles, ensuring Falcao isn't needed at this point. It would certainly be a shame to see him arrive when a player of Morata's potential was ditched, especially considering another could go the same way in the shape of Isco.