Real Madrid have made a big-money summer move for Radamel Falcao their top transfer priority, because they believe Karim Benzema could be tempted to leave for the Premier League when the current campaign concludes.
Falcao is a long-term target for Madrid, who believe the ruthless Colombian forward is capable of making a sensational return to the top of La Liga's scoring charts at his very best.
Manchester United still hold first option on a £43.2 million summer deal for Falcao, but now have serious competition for a player who is still trying to persuade Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal he's worth keeping on a whopping £265,000-a-week contract beyond this season.
Falcao to replace Benzema?
The Express cites reports in Spain today with a fresh claim that Madrid's move for Falcao is back on, with the club already weighing up the possibility of losing Benzema in 2015.
Benzema is pretty much a guaranteed starter at the Bernabeu after finding the consistency to match his talent over the last 18 months, but still plays second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to the goal charts in the Spanish capital.
Will United still want Falcao deal?
United still hold the cards when it comes to Falcao's future, which certainly doesn't belong at Monaco when you consider the change in stance from owner Dmitry Rybolovlev over the last six months.
It remains to be seen whether Red Devils chiefs still think the Falcao deal is worth pursuing, after a first half of the campaign which has seen the 28-year-old struggle desperately for full fitness.
In Falcao's defence he has shown glimpses of rediscovering his sharpness in recent weeks, but a return of three goals in 12 Premier League games tells a rather disappointing story.
The pressure is definitely on for Falcao to up his strike rate considerably in 2015, but even if he can't cut the mustard at United the reigning Champions League holders are ready to ensure one of the world's most talented forwards lands on his feet with a big-money summer switch.