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£50m Premier League target heading back to Madrid?

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Real Madrid president Perez hints at move for Chelsea and City target, whilst also looking at Liverpool forward and player wanted by Manchester United.

Just months after his stunning £50m switch from Atletico Madrid to moneybags AS Monaco, Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao could be on his way back to Spain - disappointing two Premier League sides in the process.

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The 27-year-old was reportedly interesting Chelsea and Manchester City after a reported tax debacle in France, but this ultimately came to nothing. Likely to be the one or two teams in the league who could afford to buy the former Porto striker, Chelsea and City will surely be keeping tabs on his future.

Amidst rumours that Falcao only moved to Monaco so he could stay for one year and then sign for Real Madrid as Atletico wouldn't sell to their fierce local rivals, president Florentino Perez admitted that it's possible that Los Blancos will make a move to bring Falcao back to La Liga.

'He won't come in January but in June, who knows?' Perez said, as quoted by Express. '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.'

The latest speculation serves as another indication that Karim Benzema's time at the Santiago Bernabeu could be drawing to a close. A regular target of the whistle-happy Madrid fans, Benzema is under constant scrutiny in the Spanish capital and today's papers even suggest that he will be offered to Arsenal in a cut-price £20m move as Carlo Ancelotti looks to generate funds to buy a new striker.

Other names in the frame are Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez of Liverpool and now Premier League target Robert Lewandowski, so from that list, it seems somebody in England is going to be unhappy - whether it's by losing one of their own players or missing out on a key transfer target.

The reported interest in Suarez has been noted since the summer, and after fielding questions about Falcao on Spanish TV show Punto Pelota, Perez offered a line on the Uruguayan, stating his admiration for the former Ajax striker but also warning fans that they are linked with a lot of players.

'Again, he is a great player, but we can't sign everyone.' he said.

Despite the emergence of youngster Alvaro Morata, who is reportedly interesting Tottenham Hotspur, it seems Madrid are raising money to buy a big-name striker, and with Gonzalo Higuain now with Napoli and Benzema almost certainly heading for the exit door, the path looks to be clear for Falcao - or one of their other big-money targets - to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as Perez looks to build yet another 'Galacticos' team.

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