Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has tried to brush off talk about interest from Real Madrid, but stopped short of ruling out a move to the Bernabeu. The Colombian was responding to recent comments from Madrid president Florentino Perez stating that he was interested in bringing the former Atletico Madrid man back to the Spanish capital.
“He [Falcao] won't come in January but in June, who knows?" Perez told Spanish television show Punto Pelota. "Nothing is impossible and there is a lot of time between now and then, Falcao is a great player and I am aware that he wants to play for Madrid. I am aware of that, but it's normal. They told me.”
Falcao expressed his gratitude for Perez’s comments while in Bogota celebrating Colombia’s qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
“I can only thank Florentino Pérez for his comments, but I have to respect my current club, Monaco, where I am very happy," he said, according to Marca. “I'm very happy and I don't think just now is the right time to talk about possible interest from Real Madrid, out of respect for the club which I currently play for."
The 27-year-old only joined Monaco this summer for a fee of €60 million. It was a transfer which surprised many, given that Monaco are not in the Champions League. One theory put forward was that, because of the complications of moving between rivals, Falcao was joining Monaco for just a short time before completing a transfer to Real Madrid.
Regardless of the veracity of such rumors, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is likely to be considering bringing in a striker in January. With Gonzalo Higuain now departed, Karim Benzema has endured a difficult start to the season and has even been jeered by his own supporters. Youngster Alvaro Morata currently represents the only genuine alternative to the France international.
During the summer Madrid were also linked with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Indeed, the Uruguay international stated his desire to join the club, before his intention to leave Liverpool led him to being pursued in vain by Arsenal.
Perez, though, was less effusive about his interest in the former Ajax star. “Again, he is a great player, but we can't sign everyone."
Still, that hasn’t stopped the London Evening Standard reporting that Madrid are set to increase their attempts to sign Suarez and will fund the transfer by offloading Benzema. Another name has also been thrown into mix. Marca claims that it is Porto striker Jackson Martinez who Real Madrid want to bolster their attack, but not until next season.
The Colombia international has scored more than 30 goals since arriving from Mexican side Chiapas last summer and was the subject of an approach from Napoli in the last transfer window. However, with Porto refusing to listen to offers that fail to match his €40 million release clause, Madrid will have to pay big should they want to land the 27-year-old.
Despite him having only just moved this summer, there has also been speculation of late that Real Madrid are keen on Tottenham midfielder Paulinho. Madrid had also been linked as a potential destination for the 25-year-old before he eventually left Corinthians for north London. But, with the Brazil international having made a fine start to his time in England, Tottenham have already offered him a contract extension to ward off interest, according to Brazilian publication Lance!.