Reports from Spanish media suggest that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is readying a surprise bid for Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku.
Ancelotti wants more firepower up front after Alvaro Morata was sold to Juventus in a £20million deal. Los Blancos have just one recognized striker in Karim Benzema but now eye a move for the Belgian international.
Chelsea have reportedly quoted a fee of £30million for Lukaku as uncertainties continue to surround his future with the West Londoners. Everton were said to have been close to making a permanent deal for Lukaku, who spent last season with the toffees.
The arrival of club legend Didier Drogba last week on a one-year deal pushes Lukaku further down the perking order as Chelsea also boasts other strikers such as Fernando Torres and new summer arrival, Diego Costa.
Alongside the Lukaku deal, Los Merengues are also interested in bringing Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. Monaco signed Falcao last season for £50million but the Colombian seems unsettled in the principality. He missed the World Cup in Brazil due to injury but Colombia still managed to reach the quarter-final stage, where they were edged out by hosts Brazil.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Monaco is open to allowing Falcao to move to Madrid on loan for the upcoming season. The move if sanctioned will cost Madrid £12.5million but will also save Monaco about €7million in wages.
Madrid have already splashed out huge sums for James Rodriguez (£65million) and Toni Kroos (£25million) but are keen to offload Angel Di Maria, Sami Khedira and Isco. Real Madrid values Di Maria highly and prospective buyers including PSG and Manchester United will have to shell out £40million for his services.
Di Maria helped Argentina to a final berth in Brazil 2014 where they lost to Germany. He also helped Real Madrid to the Copa Del Rey title and UEFA Champions League crown last season.
Lukaku did not shine as brightly at the World Cup for Belgium but it is reported that Carlo Ancelotti was buoyed by the performances of Lukaku in the colors of Everton last season. Lukaku netted sixteen goals in all competitions last term as the Toffees chased Champions League qualification.
Lukaku and Falcao will join up with Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale up front if Madrid completes the deal as they look forward to a rewarding campaign next season.
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