Super agent Jorge Mendes was in Madrid on Monday to talk to the European Champions about two of his clients, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Los Blancos forward Angel Di Maria.
Falcao has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for months, and I wrote back in June that BeIN Sports were reporting that he had agrees personal terms with the Spanish side. Real had a huge hole up-front as Karim Benzema is the only recognised senior centre-forward in their squad following the sale of Alvaro Morata to Juventus. The poor performance of Isco in that false number nine role against Manchester United at the weekend showed the need for another top striker.
Real have already signed one player from Monaco this summer, bringing Falcao’s Colombia teammate James Rodriguez to the Bernabeu and Monaco coach Leandro Jardim is not looking to add to that tally telling reporters at the weekend that Falcao will
“be with us this season” and the player himself said that he is “100 percent focused on Monaco.”
The issue as always comes down to money. Even a club as rich as Real Madrid need to sell players when they make a big purchase. Last season it was Ozil to Arsenal to pay for the Bale deal, and this summery it looks like Di Maria will be sold to pay for the Rodriguez deal. The stumbling block is that Di Maria wants to go to Paris Saint-Germain, but that Ligue 1 champions can only take him on an initial season-long loan because of their financial fair play problems. How that helps Real’s current financial picture I am not sure.
To sign Falcao, Real would have to sell another star on top of Di Maria, but if they can pull it off the potential attack of Falcao with Ronaldo, Bale and Rodriguez behind him will keep managers across Europe up at night.