Liverpool are so desperate to land Radamel Falcao ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid that they will consent to pay £20 million to take the Colombian on a season-long loan.
According to Metro, citing the Daily Mail, the Reds remain in talks to sign Falcao, as Brendan Rodgers looks to ensure that the goals scored by Luis Suarez last term aren’t lost thanks to his £75 million move to Barcelona. However they face tough competition from European rivals, and it remains to be seen whether or not they can even convince Monaco to let him leave.
Falcao at Monaco
The 28-year-old forward was only signed last summer from Atletico Madrid, but injuries have thus far stalled his progress at the Stade Louis II, and he’s been hotly tipped to move to a more competitive league after last season’s disappointments. Cue the interest from Anfield, which has been borne out of Rodgers’ worries that Daniel Sturridge may not have enough goals in him to fire Liverpool towards title contention.
The England international proved last term that he is comfortable leading the line, but he doesn’t possess quite the same star status as Falcao. The arrival of Rickie Lambert alleviates some of the pressure on the former Man City prodigy’s shoulders, but the ex-Saints forward isn’t the type of player to offer 20-plus goals a season, and so Rodgers is wary of being caught short.
That being said the financial demands surrounding the capture of Falcao’s signature are huge, and it would take £20 million with fees and weekly wages - thought to be around £200k-a-week - before any agreement is possible. However the Reds remain in negotiations with his representatives, perhaps indicating that they are indeed ready to break the bank to get their man, even if it is just for one season.
Having been rebuffed in their attempts to prise Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema from their respective clubs Liverpool’s options have narrowed down considerably, and only Samuel Eto’o sits on their list of alternatives should talks prove fruitless. There is the option of reigniting their interest in Cavani in the wake of Paris Saint-Germain’s drive to land Angel di Maria, but they would certainly face strong competition from Manchester United on that front.
All in all £20 million is an incredible price to pay for a striker who can only promise one year of service, yet it looks like a fee Rodgers is willing to pay should it guarantee him silverware. The Merseyside giants came within a whisper of domestic glory last season, and fans are now more expectant than they otherwise might have been.
On top of that there's the added incentive of beating Jose Mourinho to a man who would most certainly be able to fire Chelsea to the Premier League title. The Special One remains on the hunt for a partner for Diego Costa, and there's few better equipped than Falcao to succeed in such a role.