Real Madrid have refused to sign the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, according to Marca.
The Ligue 1 side, AS Monaco, had signed Falcao from Atletico Madrid for £38 million only a few weeks back. But, Falcao is reportedly unhappy owing to the recent developments at the club.
First, he may see his £11.9 million-a-year salary being reduced to half, due to the tax changes proposed by the French government, and in part due to the Ligue 1's determination to force the Monaco players to pay the top tax rate in France.
Second, he was promised that Monaco are ready to splash the cash and that he shall be given the opportunity to play with the top players in Europe.
But, with the new tax regime introduced, Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has cut down on his recruits after securing the services of Moutinho and James Rodríguez. The only additions, thereafter, have been that of Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal on free transfers and loan deals for Fabinho and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
In the wake of all this, Falcao wants to move away from the French side, with Monaco, too, reportedly keen on selling the striker which would reduce their tax issues.
The first club that he was offered to was Real Madrid. In fact, the Colombian has a buyout clause of £63 million specifically inserted for Real. But, the offer has been turned down by Carlo Ancelotti's side, with the club president Florentino Perez iterating that the Gareth Bale deal is "too far down the line".
If Los Blancos remain firm on their stand, then this can open a window of opportunity for former Real coach Jose Mourinho, who had wanted to sign the player when he was at his old club.
He may well pounce upon the opportunity to bring in the striker for Chelsea, if he fails to sign Wayne Rooney. On the other hand, Manchester United will also be alerted with these recent developments, having failed to sign big names in the ongoing transfer market. If they do sell Rooney, they shall be hoping to get the name of Falcao on their team sheet.
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