AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao would be prepared to join Arsenal on a season-long loan if Arsene Wenger wants the Colombia international to briefly fill the void left by the injured Olivier Giroud. The Gunners fear that the French striker will be out until the New Year with an ankle injury.
News of Falcao’s willingness to join Arsenal comes via the Telegraph, who cite sources in France as claiming the world-class striker is happy to leave his current employers for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign.
Falcao keen on Real Madrid move
It’s believed that Falcao still has his heart set on a move to European champions Real Madrid - it’s no secret that Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is a huge fan - but the Spanish giants would first need to offload Karim Benzema before they could finance a deal for the former Atletico Madrid star.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain, however, are keen on Benzema and could make an audacious move for the France international before the summer transfer window closes on Monday.
Benzema has only scored two goals in his previous 16 appearances for Real Madrid - and reports in Spain are gathering pace suggesting Real Madrid will attempt to replace the 26-year-old with the clinical Falcao.
If Falcao - who has also been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent months - clinches his dream move to the Bernabeu then Arsenal could move for a number of other highly-rated strikers reportedly on Wenger’s shortlist.
Other Arsenal targets
PSG striker Edinson Cavani would appear to be the Gunners’ number one choice, with recent reports revealing that Arsenal are poised to launch a club-record £50 million bid for the Uruguay international.
However, PSG will not entertain the idea of selling Cavani unless a deal is put in place to bring Benzema to the Parc des Princes.
Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is also an option; so too is Queens Park Rangers’ striker Loic Remy, who failed a medical with Liverpool earlier this summer.
But Falcao, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best number nines, would undoubtedly be a superb acquisition - the type of striker who guarantees goals.
Wenger getting desperate?
Whether the £20 million loan fee will deter Wenger is currently unclear, but the veteran French coach now finds himself in an increasingly desperate predicament following Giroud’s untimely injury.
Falcao is valued at £35 million - and paying over half that fee for the striker, without obtaining his rights at the end of the season, is unlikely to sit well with the Arsenal manager.
But failure to secure another first-class centre-forward for the next few months could leave Arsenal facing an uphill battle to secure silverware - or a top-four finish - this season.