Real Madrid have opened talks to sign Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao after accepting that Luis Suarez wants to join Barcelona, reports the Daily Express.
Florentino Perez is keen to sign a marquee player this summer to follow Gareth Bale, who arrived for a world record fee last year. His original target was Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but Bernabeu chiefs are grudgingly accepting that the Uruguayan prefers a move to Barcelona.
Falcao will come cheaper that Suarez after a disappointing season with Monaco in Ligue 1. The Colombian was considered one of the finest strikers in the world after winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2013, but failed to translate that form with Monaco following a £48 million move.
The 28-year-old is now keen to join one of Europe's biggest clubs after growing disillusioned with life in the Principality. Monaco are also ready to cash in as they look to balance to books more appropriately, meaning a deal is looking likely.
Real Madrid have opened an official line with Monaco with regards to a transfer, but Carlo Ancelotti may have to wait until January to get his man as Falcao continues to recover from the serious knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup.
Premier League interest
Interest has been fierce in Falcao over the last two years and his transfer to Monaco failed to change much. Manchester United have been linked in the past and the Daily Express are reiterating that interest.
Chelsea seemed a likely destination for most of last summer before Monaco swooped while Arsenal have been linked with a shock move in the recent past. As Louis van Gaal prepares to blow a £200 million budget, Manchester United certainly have the financial firepower to bring Falcao to Old Trafford.
However, because they cannot offer Champions League football, it is unlikely the player will turn down European champions Real Madrid.