Real Madrid are edging closer to a deal with AS Monaco for former Atletico de Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, according to reports in Spain.
A number of media outlets have claimed Los Blancos will secure the 26-year-old on an initial season-long loan and pay around 10 million euros, with the option of paying an additional 25 million euros next summer should they decide to make the deal permanent.
Despite having secured the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez to boost the squad already, Los Blancos are on the lookout for a forward as Karim Benzema is the only recognised number nine at the club.
Falcao has spent a season in France since his switch from Los Rojiblancos but injured his cruciate ligament in a cup game meaning he missed a large chunk of the campaign. He also missed playing for Colombia at the World Cup this summer to focus on being fully fit again for the start of the new season.
Talk of Falcao’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu has been ongoing for some time although nothing had suggested any formal talks were taking place between the two clubs. The striker is represented by Jorge Mendes, who has close links with Florentino Perez, and already has a number of his clients at the club including Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.