Real Madrid, AS Monaco and Manchester City are believed to be involved in negotiations over three deals, which could create a domino effect benefiting their clubs but affecting Manchester United and Chelsea badly.
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao reportedly had dinner with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez along with representatives of the Ligue One and Premier League giants, which has created speculation that a triple deal may have been discussed.
Falcao is apparently wanted by Manchester City, who could then release Sergio Aguero to play for Real Madrid who could then sell Angel Di Maria to Monaco. That appears to be the apparent deal in question.
The reason United and Chelsea are badly affected by apparent speculative talks over that deal at the dinner is because they have a deep interest in two of the players in question.
Chelsea are on the hunt for a prolific, proven and experienced striker this summer and Falcao ticks all of the right boxes as far as Jose Mourinho will be concerned.
Di Maria is a player who has been strongly linked with Manchester United at various times during the season and a player who could help United youngster Adnan Januzaj develop dramatically at the club.
Whenever there is even the most remote of stories linking players with meetings or talks with Perez in particular, they are definitely worth looking into.
The Real Madrid boss reportedly likes to take a very hands on approach with the high profile signings and stars at Los Blancos as he did with Cristiano Ronaldo’s original arrival and Gareth Bale’s transfer last summer.
The triple domino effect is understandable because each deal relies on one going through so it’s going to remain as purely wild speculation until one of the deals in question goes through.
For that to happen one of Real Madrid, Monaco or City are going to have to take a risk in releasing one of their higher profile players, relying on them being replaced.
The triple deal is the line coming out of the dinner but there’s always the chance it could have been a purely innocent meeting and nothing to do with summer transfer activity.
However, if that three way deal was discussed, it could hurt David Moyes and Jose Mourinho as they look to improve sections of their squad ahead of next season.