Monaco manager warns Falcao suitors.
Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri insists that the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid will have to pay £168m to sign Radamel Falcao this January, according to the Metro.
The Colombian striker moved to the mega-rich Ligue 1 club this summer for a fee of £51m from Atletico Madrid, and his transfer had come as something of a surprise when the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and many others had shown a strong interest in signing him as well.
Rumours have since surfaced that a misunderstanding over Monaco’s tax laws could mean their top earners still have to adhere to French law and pay the highest bracket of income tax in the country, which has led to speculation that Falcao could be set for a quick departure from the newly-promoted side.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are leading the chase for the 27-year-old again, though Ranieri looks to have ruled out the possibility of the prolific forward leaving the club, saying he is worth as much as £168m.
With Gareth Bale moving from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a world record fee of £85m this summer, the Italian manager feels this is a fair estimation of Falcao’s value.
“If Gareth Bale is €100million then how much is Falcao? He is €200million [£168million],” he said.