Reports of Radamel Falcao's exit from Monaco and potential move to Real Madrid refuse to go away with the player's father now adding more fuel to the fire.
Radamel Garcia seemed to suggest there is every possibility his son may be on his way out of the Ligue 1 side, per Ben Burrows in the Mirror:
"I can't rule out that my son might leave. But the only thing I can say is that, for now, he has a contract with Monaco."
Indeed, rumours continue to circulate that the Colombian striker may be on his way to Real, while Liverpool have also reportedly enquired about his availability, per Andy Hunter in the Guardian.
Falcao moved to Monaco from Atletico Madrid only last summer for a reported £50 million, scoring nine times in 17 league appearances before picking up a serious knee injury in January.
He returned to competitive action on Sunday, scoring a penalty as Monaco lost their Ligue 1 season opener 2-1 at home to Lorient, per Goal.com's French football writer Robin Bairner:
It could be his final contribution in a Monaco shirt as a move to Spain is reportedly imminent, per sports writer Tariq Panja, and his father's comments seem to back this up somewhat:
Hardly surprising but LFC told Falcao likely heading to Real if he's to leave Monaco when LFC inquiry was rebuffed.— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) August 7, 2014
One player on his way out of the Bernabeu is goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who has reportedly signed for AC Milan on a free transfer, per Roberto Palomar in Marca.
Despite being the La Liga giants' No. 1 for their league campaign last season, Lopez's position at the club became uncertain with the continued presence of Iker Casillas and arrival of Keylor Navas, hence the switch to Serie A.
Who should be Real's No. 1 goalkeeper?
However, despite Lopez's departure—a good move for Milan whose goalkeeping unit was previously weak—there is still no indication as to who will be first choice between the posts for Real next season.
It is a delicate situation considering Casillas' legendary status at the club, but Navas certainly looks to be the better choice, especially after the 27-year-old's stunning performances for Costa Rica at the summer's World Cup.
Boss Carlo Ancelotti has a decision to make concerning his keepers and while Casillas will likely continue to appear regularly—perhaps in the Champions League as last season—Navas should be the No. 1.