Liverpool face Juventus battle for Radamel Falcao

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Liverpool are still interested in signing revered Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, reports suggest.

According to recent speculation from The Daily Mail, the Reds are eager to move for the clinical Falcao but appear likely to face considerable interest from Juventus in the race for his signature.

The Mail suggests that Serie A champions Juve are keen to pursue a loan deal for the 28-year-old, with Spaniard Fernando Llorente perhaps set to join La Liga outfit Valencia in order to make room for his potential arrival in Turin.

Transfer speculation

Former Porto frontman Falcao has only been with current club Monaco for a little over a year, having moved to Stade Louis II from Atletico Madrid for an eye-watering £50 million fee in May 2013.

His first season in Ligue 1 - which brought a modest return of seven goals in 19 appearances - was progressing adequately until he sustained a serious knee injury during a Coup de France clash against lower-league outfit Chasselay in January.

As well as ending his debut campaign with Monaco early, such an injury also led to Falcao missing the entire 2014 World Cup on his home continent.

Luckily, quarter-finalists Colombia fared rather well in his absence, although one can only imagine how much further they might have progressed with Falcao fit and firing ahead of Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez.

Despite struggling with that knee, Falcao has still been subject to a wealth of transfer speculation this summer, with a number of team seemingly of the opinion that he could be persuaded to follow compatriot Rodriguez out of Monaco.

Indeed, Real Madrid - who signed Rodriguez for £60 million last month - have been heavily linked with the striker, with the Santiago Bernanbeu rumoured to be his preferred destination moving forward.

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Liverpool ambition

Liverpool's ongoing pursuit of Falcao would appear to represent some serious ambition on the part of Brendan Rodgers.

Having seen Luis Suarez depart Anfield for Barcelona in an alleged £65 million deal last month, the Reds boss is currently lacking a quality second striking option to partner alongside England's Daniel Sturridge.

Rickie Lambert - the boyhood Kopite who was signed from Southampton prior to the World Cup - will certainly add a different dimension to Liverpool's attack, although it seems unlikely that he will ever be regarded by Rodgers as a legitimate starting option - not on a regular basis, anyway.

Sturridge started up-front on in his own during the somewhat unconvincing Premier League victory over Southampton on Sunday, ably supported by Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho.

While one would imagine that Liverpool would not struggle to meet the £10 million fee required to secure Falcao's services for a season, covering his £200,000-per-week wages could be a very tall order indeed.

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