Real Madrid have turned down the chance to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco, according to Marca.
The Colombian striker signed for the newly-promoted Ligue 1 club in the summer from Atletico Madrid for €45m, but the newspaper claims the player considers himself let down by the Monaco hierarchy, led by wealthy Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, and feels he has been recruited under false pretences.
As a result, he is looking for a way out of the French outfit and it is alleged the first club he was offered to was Madrid, who were interested in him when Jose Mourinho was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Los Blancos President Florentino Perez turned the proposal down as he felt the deal to bring Gareth Bale to the Madrid capital is too far down the line.
Falcao’s problems in the Principality have not been helped by his €14m-a-year salary possibly being halved due to tax changes proposed by Francois Hollande’s government. Rybolovlev, meanwhile, is understood to have pulled the plug on any more additions to Claudio Ranieri’s squad in the wake of Ligue 1’s determination to force Monaco players into paying the country’s top rate of income tax.
It is a situation that has seenMonaco capture Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal on free transfers and secure loan deals for Fabinho and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
At present, Monaco players benefit from the special tax-free conditions that apply in the Principality.
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