With Radmael Falcao reportedly keen to leave Monaco, just one season after joining from Atlético Madrid in a £50 million move, the door is open for Real Madrid, and it is an opportunity they can't pass up.
The rivalry between Los Blancos and Atlético made it impossible for a transfer to take place last summer, but Carlo Ancelotti must now take advantage of Falcao's apparent displeasure with life at the Stade Louis II, and ensure the Columbian joins Real Madrid, over a host of elite European sides that would be fighting tooth and nail for his signature.
A three pronged attack featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Falcao offers frightening potential on the counter-attack. One ball into the powerful Columbian would release a whirlwind of pace and power. Karim Benzema is undoubtedly a world-class striker, but Falcao is better suited to Real Madrid's style under Ancelotti.
Furthermore, Falcao is one of the greatest aerial threats in world football, an aspect that would maximise the efficiency of both Marcelo and Dani Carvajal. Carvajal only managed two assists in La Liga, despite being a very impressive crosser of the ball, so the Spaniard in particular would thrive if Falcao was spearheading Real's attack.
With a strike rate of 0.53 at River Plate, Porto, Atlético Madrid and Monaco, Falcao has scored a substantial amount of goals at every club he has played for. His honours arguably don't reflect the goals he has scored though, despite a nomination for the Ballon D'or in both 2012 and 2013.
He won the treble in Portugal, a Copa del Rey in Spain, and Europa League titles with both Atlético and Porto, but successes at the peak of world football have so far evaded Falcao, something that isn't likely to change at Monaco.
Florentino Pérez will delight in bringing one of the world's best strikers, and, crucially, an ex-Atlético hero to the Bernabeu. Real Madrid have strength in depth in every position, barring striker and central-midfield, and this needs to be addressed in the summer transfer window.
Although it is a great shame that Falcao wasn't able to take part in the World Cup, especially given the amount of goals that have been scored, and the strength of Columbia's performances, it does mean that he should be fresher coming into next season than a lot of La Liga's star attractions.
Whether the serious knee injury he suffered playing for Monaco puts the dampeners on a potential move remains to be seen, although if he is able to prove his fitness in a medical all should be forgotten.
So, Pérez and Ancelotti must do everything possible to make Falcao the next Real Madrid galactico. Expect to see a swift exodus of defenders from La Liga if they do manage to negotiate a deal!
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