Liverpool’s search for an able replacement for Luis Suarez continues, with the Reds strongly linked with a move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.
The Colombia international has recovered from a long-term knee injury that he suffered last season and has already scored once in Ligue 1 this campaign.
Although at this moment in time, the 28-year-old will not be in many football followers’ list of top-three strikers in the world, Falcao is genuinely a world-class finisher.
In fact, last summer when the Colombian joined Monaco from Atletico Madrid for a reported transfer fee of £50 million, he was in better form than Luis Suarez and current Chelsea star Diego Costa.
It did come as a surprise that after two glorious years at Atletico during which time Falcao won the Europa League, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup, he decided to join Monaco on a five-year contract.
The French club had just got promoted to Ligue 1 and could not offer him Champions League football. What Monaco could offer Falcao – and they did – was extremely high wages.
And wages could be the decisive factor in Falcao joining Liverpool this summer.
Falcao earns £14m ($23m) at Monaco, according to Forbes, and is believed to be looking for £200,000 per week if he is to move to a new club.
If Liverpool can meet his demands, then there is a good chance that they will be able to recruit the former Porto star.
However, the Serie A champions may not be able to afford Falcao’s huge salary – after all, they failed in their bid to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona because of money (although selling Arturo Vidal could give a boost to their finance).
If Liverpool are really keen on Falcao on a loan deal, then they have to splash out the cash on his wages. With high-earners Suarez and Pepe Reina off their books, the Reds can now afford to do so.
Of course, Monaco have ruled out letting Falcao leave, but they also insisted that James Rodriguez will not be sold just days before the Colombian star joined Real Madrid.
At the right price Monaco can be convinced to sell Falcao, but the key factor in this transfer would be convincing the player himself.