Radamel Falcao has been promised by Florentino Perez that Real Madrid will move for him if and when they sell Angel di Maria, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
The Bernabeu president is apparently keen to see his vision come to life in the last two weeks of the transfer window. That vision involves Angel di Maria being sold for around £50 million and the Colombian striker arriving from Monaco.
According to Balague, who was speaking in a Twitter takeover for Bleacher Report, Falcao is waiting for Real Madrid to make a move. He has had enough of playing for Monaco after just one season at the club and is ready to return to Madrid, where he made a name for himself playing for Real's rivals Atletico.
Falcao has offers on the table from Liverpool but seems intent on holding them off. Brendan Rodgers is reportedly ready to make a move for the 28-year-old as he looks to replace Luis Suarez, but may have been put off by the player's £200,000-a-week wage demands.
Even if Rodgers agreed to pay the huge wages, it appears Falcao would only accept a move if it became apparent that Di Maria would fail to seal a move away from Madrid. That is where Manchester United come into play.
Manchester United repercussions
Di Maria has attracted only two suitors despite his availability being broadcast throughout the summer transfer window. Those clubs are PSG and Manchester United.
While the former has admitted they were pulling out of the deal due to financial restrictions, the latter remain firmly in the hunt. Louis van Gaal has demanded a world-class signing before the transfer window closes and Ed Woodward is busy putting together a £50 million transfer fee that Real Madrid will find hard to resist.
If completed, Di Maria would become the most expensive player in Manchester United's history and will equal the British transfer record set by Chelsea when they paid £50 million for Fernando Torres.
Manchester United do not need further influence in their pursuit of Di Maria – he is a quality player and will be the star name Manchester United fans have been craving. However, stopping arch-rivals Liverpool from signing Falcao is an added incentive not just on a rival level, but in footballing terms.
Falcao would give Liverpool's chances of making the top four a massive boost and that could come at the expense of Manchester United, who are looking to break into the top four themselves.