Liga - RUMOUR: Madrid step up Falcao chase

It’s been claimed in France and Spain that Real Madrid have returned to the pursuit of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao now Angel Di Maria has been sold.

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Monaco's striker Radamel Falcao after his goal against Nantes.

Di Maria was last night confirmed as a Manchester United player in a British record transfer move and both AS and Mundo Deportivo cite reports from France that claim Falcao is again on Madrid’s agenda.

That’s despite coach Carlo Ancelotti not looking for further additions to his squad, but Madrid could sign an attacking player regardless.

MD claim Marco Reus is ahead of Falcao in Madrid’s wanted list but French publication Le Sport say a €60m (£47m) move for Falcao is in the offing.

AS add that a loan approach could be made for the former Atletico Madrid striker, with Madrid paying €12.5m (£10m) up front and retaining a €45m (£36m) option.

It’s also claimed that there has been a meeting between the involved parties over the transfer and that Florentino Perez and his Monaco counterpart could talk at tomorrow’s UEFA gala in Monte Carlo.

OUR VIEW:

It seems as though Carlo Ancelotti is happy with what he has at his disposal at Madrid – certainly if his recent quotes are anything to go by. However, as is oft the case, Madrid’s transfer policy appears to be set by president Florentino Perez and Radamel Falcao remains a favourite of his. The sale of Angel di Maria is key to all this – it could facilitate a deal on two fronts. Obviously there is the financial side of things but Di Maria’s sale has also opened up a spot in the squad for a non-EU player. This deal is looking more and more likely.

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