Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea have been given a boost in their chase for Radamel Falcao as reports from Spain have claimed that the AS Monaco striker is willing take a 50 per cent cut in wages to make a move happen, though Real Madrid is his preferred destination.
According to El Confidencial, the Colombia international is so desperate to move away from the Ligue 1 club that he’ll accept half the €14million he gets every season in the principality, a decision that will make a move to Emirates Stadium, the Etihad Stadium or Stamford Bridge more likely.
However, Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho will have to wait as Falcao has put any idea of a move to the Premier League on hold for the moment because he is desperate to secure a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Jorge Mendes, one of the most powerful agents in European football and Falcao’s representative, is trying to convince Real Madrid to sign the 28-year-old, but the Spanish club’s president, Florentino Perez is not convinced.
Perez, according to the report, does not want to break up the attacking axis of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, preferring instead to sign a less high-profile option to provide back-up in the centre forward position – something Falcao is unlikely to accept.
Gunners going in for him
Arsenal were linked with a possible season-long loan move for the 28-year-old after it emerged that Olivier Giroud would be out until 2015 with a broken leg suffered in the draw with Everton.
Falcao’s wages would dwarf any of those currently being paid by the Gunners, so the willingness to take such a huge pay cut would likely be crucial for any deal to happen.
However, Manchester City emerged as possible opponents for his signature on Saturday, as reports of an impending move by Real Madrid for Etihad Stadium striker Alvaro Negredo.
The Spaniard has suffered from homesickness since he switched to Manchester City from Sevilla and he would fit the profile of a less high-profile forward to act as back-up.
Deadline Day Decision
El Confidencial claim that if a move to Real Madrid does not materialise, he will decide which of the other offers to accept on the Monday deadline.