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Liverpool: Falcao Approach Made

Rumours of Liverpool's interest in Radamel Falcao are seemingly true but the club remain unlikely to secure the Columbian…

Liverpool's need for another striker post-Luis Suarez is clear for everyone to see; manager Brendan Rodgers has even described bringing someone new in as 'crucial'.

Injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini meant the Reds finished their recent pre-season tour of America with just Rickie Lambert as a recognisable option up top.

After Rodgers had categorically ruled out a move for Italian maverick Mario Balotelli earlier this week, Monaco star Radamel Falcao quickly became the next big name to be touted as a possible option.

To most it seemed a fanciful notion - I for one totally ignored it - but, according to widespread reports emerging today, the Reds have indeed enquired about the Columbian international's availability.

Unfortunately, although the French side are willing to let their record signing depart after just one season in the principality, it appears Falcao has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old, who was also thought to be interesting Manchester City, is understood to be eager to return to a city where he previously spent two highly-successful years with Atletico, scoring 52 times in just 68 appearances.

Even if that desire isn't eventually fulfilled, a move to Anfield would still come as a massive surprise to most given the costs involved.

Falcao reportedly earns around £10m-per-season after tax, while Monaco are after a similar figure just to sanction a loan move for the 2014-15 campaign.

Any permanent deal would then probably require at least another £25m and there is also the small matter of a nasty knee injury sustained in January, which saw the player miss both the remainder of the season and the World Cup, to be taken into account.

That said, Falcao, who has also represented Porto and River Plate during his distinguished career to date, would add proven pedigree to a side shone of their 31-goal Player of the Season.

It would also be a signing that excites Kopites and makes their Premier League rivals stand up and take note.

Vital Verdict
Although I was wrong in thinking Liverpool would have no interest in Falcao because of his age and cost, a move to Anfield still looks pretty implausible to me as it stands. Of course, like most fans, I would love to see him at the club but I just cannot see it happening. Quite why Madrid need him I'm not sure but normal business sense and financial controls don't seem to apply in Spain.

Likelihood (out of 5):
Two



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Date:Thursday August 7 2014

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