The Daily Mail has claimed that Liverpool are ready to pay Monaco a fee, which would see Radamel Falcao move to Anfield on loan for the coming season.
The Reds are reportedly looking for another attacking addition up front and the Colombian has been linked with a Merseyside move as his future at Monaco remains in doubt.
The Mail suggests that Liverpool are ready to move on a deal, with one potential stumbling block.
“Liverpool are willing to pay the £10m loan fee for the Colombian but he prefers Real Madrid,” writes Simon Jones.
Brendan Rodgers has already done superb work in the transfer market to add Rickie Lambert and Divock Origi (who has gone out on loan) to his squad but has refused to rule out further additions before September 2.
Daniel Sturridge appeared to relish the role of leading Liverpool’s attack in the opening Premier League game of the season against Southampton, but another top class striker following the exit of Luis Suarez will only aid Liverpool’s push for silverware this season.
What Liverpool have working for them if it comes down to a choice between them and Los Blancos for Falcao is that Real Madrid already have several top attacking players who could keep Falcao out of the side.
Karim Benzema is arguably as good as he’s ever been for Carlo Ancelotti’s team and Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both featured in advanced attacking roles for the team last season.
The gamble for Liverpool is the cost involved because £10 million for a loan deal is a huge amount of money to pay for someone the club can only use for a single season.
However, if Rodgers managed to pull it off and the season worked out well for both the player and the club, that would put them in a great position to try and do a permanent deal this time next summer.
One thing Liverpool can’t do anything about is Falcao’s desire to join Real Madrid as Bale himself showed last summer.
Manchester United made a better offer for Bale but it was his desire to play for Real Madrid, regardless of the circumstances, which made the move happen and the same could be the case with the Colombian.