Liverpool are ready to offer Monaco £12 million for the services of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan, in the hope that they can get him a cut-price £31 million permanently next summer.
The Colombian striker’s future has been the subject of mass speculation, as was to be expected on the back of his indifferent campaign in Ligue 1, and Brendan Rodgers remains on the hunt for a natural goalscorer, having lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Now, following a period of intense media scrutiny, the latest rumours tumbling out of France, courtesy of RMC, claim that Liverpool are ready to pay a substantial amount to take the striker on loan, and see him as a hopeful purchase for the long-term.
The 28-year-old himself is believed to have told his current club that he wants to play elsewhere this term, and would reportedly be prepared to half his wages in an effort to force through a transfer. Monaco however are unwilling to sell their most expensive asset only a year after taking him on, and so a loan to the Premier League looks the most feasible option.
Falcao has failed to live up to his fearsome reputation since joining from Atletico Madrid, and injuries have plagued him from the off at the Stade Louis II stadium. Liverpool have a need for a striker of his mould however, having sold their most lethal finisher for near on £70 million.
As such a loan move could appeal to the Colombia international, who wouldn’t be giving up the chance to play Champions League football by making said Anfield switch, whereas he would be were to opt for Manchester United.
For Louis van Gaal’s side have emerged as late competitors for Falcao’s signature and, with the supposed financial war chest at the Dutchman’s disposal, have to be considered amongst the frontrunners to land him.
Though Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are both present at Old Trafford the future of the team is shrouded in mystery thanks to the changes going on in a bid to make them challengers for major honours once more.
Liverpool for the win
As it stands it’s Liverpool who are considered the favourites, purely because they’re the only side who seem to be ready to back up their intentions with financial muscle. Daniel Sturridge needs a partner up front who can promise as many goals as he can, and Falcao’s pedigree makes him an ideal option moving forward.
Whether or not Monaco will consent to allowing arguably their best player leave in the wake of having only recently sold James Rodriguez to Madrid, is another matter entirely.