Liverpool willing to make big Falcao offer but Real Madrid favourites

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Liverpool are willing to meet Radamel Falcao's wage demands but the Anfield club face an uphill battle to convince the Colombian to move to the Reds ahead of Real Madrid.

Because according to the Daily Mail, Falcao still wants a move to the Bernabeu as his first choice option this summer, where he would link up with former Monaco teammate James Rodriguez.

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Liverpool scouting mission

Reports last night claimed Liverpool had joined the race for Falcao, after scouts watched the former-Porto striker at the Emirates Cup last weekend. Falcao scored the winner for Monaco against Arsenal as he stepped up his return from a cruciate ligament injury.

Liverpool are thought to have enquired about Falcao, with Brendan Rodgers willing to spend £10m to sanction a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.

That is also reportedly the deal structure that Real Madrid favour, although Monaco are not keen as the buying club gets to test Falcao's recovery from knee surgery over a season-long time period before deciding on whether to complete a permanent move for the €60m-rated forward.

Wage budget

But Liverpool are willing to stretch their wage budget to accommodate Falcao, if the Colombian international is willing to listen to their offer. With Suarez off the books, the Uruguayan was on just under £200k-a-week before his move to Barcelona, the Reds believe they can match Falcao's current Monaco salary. He's reportedly on £220k-a-week.

A mysterious group of 'intermediaries' are reportedly shopping Falcao around Europe's top clubs, which would explain the sudden flurry of transfer rumours. Manchester City were also approached to sound out their interest but Real Madrid remain the favourites.

There is even the possibility that Liverpool and City's interest has been manufactured to encourage Real Madrid to move forward with their bid for the striker. However, they have little to gain from moving early, having just extended Karim Benzema's contract.

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