Real Madrid have surprisingly withdrawn their interest in signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, according to reports in Spain's Diario Sport.
Falcao stunned the football world when he joined big spending Monaco last summer, in a deal that was reported top be around €60 million. However after an injury laden season which saw the 28-year old make just 17-appearances, it was reported by BeIN Sports earlier in the week that Real Madrid had finally got their man.
Falcao deal sealed?
Facao's Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, was reportedly in Madrid paving the way for the Columbian to leave the Principality and it appeared Mendes had pulled off the transfer that most were expecting to take place last season.
However, in a spectacular u-turn by club president Florentino Perez, Real Madrid have decided to withdraw their interest in the former Atletico Madrid striker for fear of unsettling the balance upfront that served Los Bloncos so successfully last season.
Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema, dubbed: "BBC," by the Spanish press, combined for an incredible 97 goals out of the 160 scored by the team over the 60 games last season, and Perez believes the three have created an optimal understanding that could flourish even more in their second season together.
Perez and Ronaldo
Perez and Ronaldo have not always seen eye to eye, especially during the renegotiation of the Portuguese's superstars contract, however Perez eventually gave into his demands by increasing his salary to €18 million per year, something Ronaldo has acknowledged in spectacular style on the pitch for the Madrid giants.
There is also the small matter of Benzema and the renegotiation of his contract which only has a year to run.
The Frenchman has made his intentions clear that he wishes to remain at the club, but is demanding €10 million a season, double the salary he is currently on, and apparently the sum of money on the table put forward by French Champions PSG.
Real are reportedly waiting for an answer on €7 million, a sum that will test Benzema's true desire to stay in Madrid.
It is a high risk strategy for Perez, especially considering Falcao is a player he has tried to get his hands on beforehand.
Falcoa spent two very successful seasons with Atletico Madrid from 2011-2013, scoring an incredible 52 goals in 68 appearances, and it was no secret at the time that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted to land the striker.
In fact such was the interest, Perez joked with Falcao one evening at an awards ceremony when he asked Casillas to pass the Columbian a napkin, referring to a similar message the president wrote down on a napkin ahead of landing Zidane in 2001.
The news is bound to filter through to Jose Mourinho who has previously expressed an interest in the player and is in desperate need of securing the services of a world class striker.