The future of renowned AS Monaco number 9 Radamel Falcao continues to attract scrutiny. From seemingly wanting away due to potential taxation revisions in France, to an alleged big-club release clause in his contract, the speculation linking the penalty-box poacher with a winter window move despite only joining the nouveau riche Rouge et Blanc side in the summer refuses to abate.
Fresh reports, this time emanating from El Mundo Deportivo, indicate that Real Madrid are eager to add the 27-year-old to their playing roster come January as powerful France forward Karim Benzema may be forced out of Estadio Santiago Bernabeu due to his current unpopularity with the match-going supporters.
Benzema's mooted move will have been facilitated by the fans, rather than management, but it is a situation that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will no doubt be alert to having been linked with a triple swoop for Benzema, Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil at the tail end of the July and August transfer window.
Wenger has already added Ozil to his artillery, having shelled out a club-record £42.4m for the German playmaker's services, but a bid for Benzema could be considerably less than that as he is valued by transfermarkt at £30m.
Real's move for Falcao, though, would be far more costly as, if the big-club release clause is indeed embedded into the two-time Europa League winner's contract, then Los Blancos will have to match the £53m that Monaco paid Atletico Madrid for him in May.
Falcao is currently in hot form in France, having already returned four goals in five games. His most recent strike was a headed equaliser in the humorously dubbed El Cashico, against fellow big-spending PSG, to preserve Monaco's unbeaten start to their league campaign.
Benzema, meanwhile, has four goals and three assists from six appearances in all competitions in Spain and has been given a message of support from club boss Carlo Ancelotti.
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