Brendan Rogers’ attempt to replace the scoring of departed Luis Suarez for Liverpool FC now features negotiations for the transfer of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco. All reports indicate that Falcao is the prime transfer target for Rogers as he attempts to round out the side. Bringing Falcao to Anfield Stadium will be a challenge as Monaco has already stuffed its coffers with the sale of James Rodriguez to Real Madrid and other suitors such as Real and Juventus are also rumored to seek Falcao’s services.
Thus far in the summer transfer window AS Monaco has not made any expensive signings and has received a reported £71 million from the sale of Rodriguez. Unless the team is strapped for cash, Monaco would appear to have no reason to sell Falcao unless he pushes the transfer. The sale of Rodriguez certainly provided a financial cushion to the French club and selling another star could create a fan revolt. Nevertheless, Liverpool FC could have received an assist in its efforts from Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s ex-wife, who received a whopping £2.6 billion divorce settlement in May. The possibility exists that the divorce settlement has made Rybolevlev more amenable to selling players. If so, Brendan Rogers and his Liverpool FC checkbook could provide some welcome relief.
In the event Monaco is not motivated by additional cash and to ward off other suitors, Liverpool FC will need to convince the striker himself to push for a Premier League transfer in order to assist negotiations to consummate the deal. Reports indicate that Liverpool is discussing the possibility of a move with Falcao’s representatives. Further adding to the difficulties, some observers have opined that Falcao prefers a move to Real. Those reports may be overstated given the White’s new contract with Karim Benzema running through 2019, which would likely limit Falcao’s ability to make the first team or at least limit his time on the pitch. Rogers has more of a clear need for Falcao’s services; therefore, Liverpool finds itself in a strong position in comparison to Real. Unfortunately for Rogers, Juventus also seeks Falcao’s services and is reported to be leading Liverpool in their quest.
If an agreement cannot be reached to obtain Falcao, Liverpool has also been linked to Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani and former Chelsea player Samuel Eto’o. A potential move for PSG’s Cavani has been complicated by an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic which will keep him on the shelf for at least a month. With the transfer window closing, the Ibrahimovic injury could keep Cavani in Paris. The best chance of a late signing appears to be free agent Eto’o. The 33-year-old is reported to seek a rich one year deal and has already spurned a Liverpool offer. The path of least resistance for the Reds could be to up the ante for Eto’o in order to fulfill Rogers’ striker desires.
As Brendan Rogers and Liverpool FC work to negotiate for a striker transfer, securing the services of Radamel Falcao appears to be the hoped for scenario. If that falls through, then Samuel Eto’o looks like the next best alternative. Time is running short and Rogers will need to move fast to complete what has otherwise been a successful transfer season.
Commentary by William Costolo