Real Madrid’s latest acquisition, James Rodriguez, gave an interview to Colombian radio and added to the growing speculation in Spain that Radamel Falcao could be making a stunning move to the La Liga giants.
Rumors began to surface over the weekend that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, Jorge Mendes (Falcao’s agent) and Vadim Vasilyev (Monaco’s vice-president) have been in communication over a proposed move for the striker.
James was asked by the interviewer whether Falcao could play at a club like Real Madrid. His response:
“I’m sure Falcao can play here. But I’m not the one who decides whether or not he is going to. It’s up to the President. It might happen because he has the quality and attitude.
“I’ve been playing alongside him for four years. We stopped when he joined Atletico Madrid. He has a winning mentality and that’s what you want at Madrid. Hopefully he can come.”
According to a report this weekend in the Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid’s proposal is for Monaco to loan them Falcao for roughly £10 million (Atletico Madrid sold Falcao for close to £40 million, payable in four installments of £10 million) and Los Blancos would also pay the player’s salary (Falcao earns £11 million annually).
Once the loan period ended, If Madrid wanted to keep the striker, they would have an option to pay £26 million more to the Ligue 1 club in order to complete the transfer.
Rumors of a Falcao move were stoked on Tuesday after it was learned that the striker began following Gareth Bale, Isco Alarcó0n and Sami Khedira on Instagram.
For the record, Falcao already followed a number of Madrid players, including Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Marcelo and Benzema.
Florentino Perez reportedly wants to make one more blockbuster signing before the start of the season and speculation of a move gathered pace this week after Real Madrid’s poor showing against AS Roma in the International Champions Cup.
But when manager Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he needed another number 9, since Real Madrid’s only out-and-out striker is Karim Benzema, the Madrid boss’ response was: “I think that in this team we have Benzema who is very reliable and we can also play other players there. Isco can be a false nine; it’s not so important to have a centre-forward to score a lot of goals, but rather a player to play Bale or Cristiano in. We’re not going to look for another forward because we don’t need one.”
The words of the manager would appear to put an end to any speculation of Falcao joining the ten-time champions of Europe.
But with James hoping for a reunion with his countryman and knowing the history of Real Madrid, and its president Florentino Perez, fans should not rule out the possibility of one more sensational announcement from this latest version of Los Galacticos.