Even the deep pockets of Real Madrid are not quite deep enough to land every superstar on their wish list. A recent exodus by two major players on the roster suggests that Real Madrid may have a blockbuster deal in the works with the transfer deadline just three days away, and the club seeking to bounce back after losing the league title last season to local rival Atletico.
The Spanish giants made news on Monday by sending star winger Angel di Maria to Manchester United, and Bayern Munich confirmed that veteran midfielder Xabi Alonso was leaving Madrid to take a medical exam in Munich on Thursday.
While Alonso’s departure mainly benefits Real Madrid for salary purposes, Cristiano Ronaldo once described Alonso as “irreplaceable.” Los Blancos are losing a consistent performer and a stalwart in the midfield since 2009. Di Maria, meanwhile, is arguably the best pure winger in the world. The decision to part ways with such a talented duo prompts speculation that Real Madrid have something big planned.
With the wages saved from Alonso’s departure, combined with the roughly £64 million (€80m euros; $106m) from the Di Maria move, Real Madrid could be gathering the resources to land Radamel Falcao. The Guardian reported that the 28-year-old wants to play for the club after joining Atletico Madrid in 2011, and then leaving for Monaco in 2013.
Falcao is among the most talented forwards in the world, but he has battled injuries in recent months. There have been questions as to whether the Colombian can return to the form he had with Atletico in 2012-2013, when he seemed to score at will, and at times demonstrated some impressive playmaking skills. In Monaco’s season opener on Sunday against Nantes, Falcao scored the lone goal in the victory, not showing the effects from his knee injury.
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Joining Real Madrid would not be a stretch based on the club’s transfer history. Los Blancos often go big even when they don’t have to, and Falcao is probably the best player available at the moment. If the deal goes through, he would help form a superstar attack with Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, and Gareth Bale.
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim claims that Falcao is not for sale, but a huge offer might sway his opinion. Falcao could be worth over €70 million. Real Madrid paid roughly €80 million for James Rodriguez, and as much as €30 million for Toni Kroos.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid could even add more their war chest by the deadline. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich have shown interest in defensive midfielder Sami Khedira, though Chelsea and Bayern might pursue the German next summer to avoid paying a transfer fee.
An IBTimes staff reporter contributed to this report.