Transfer Toss: Have Monaco Put Radamel Falcao Up For Sale Just Months After Spaffing £50m On Him?

Chris Wright

16th, August 2013


By Chris Wright

France Soccer League One


We’re fairly sure where you can file this one, but MARCA are reporting that Radamel Falcao’s super agent and all-encompassing overlord, Jorge Mendes, is trying to find yet another buyer for his client despite AS Monaco spluffing the lion’s share of £51million on the 27/29-year-old Colombian striker just two months ago.

The general line of thinking is that Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has come to the sudden realisation that even he can’t actually afford to bankroll his tax-exempt vanity project and is now desperate to flog the one single player he has the most cash tied up in. Given Falcao is reportedly earning €14million-a-year (tax free) on a five-year contract, we can safely assume that it’s he who qualifies.

And lo, MARCA reckon Rybolovlev now thinks he has “over-booked” his squad for next season with a swollen 36-man roster being padded out by several new signings on truly massive wages, and that Mendes has been told that he is free to begin sounding out suitors for Falcao all over again. Of course, Real Madrid and Chelsea are immediately being mentioned in passing.

It’s also claimed that the ongoing dispute between Monaco and the French league (LFP) over tax issues (Monaco players are currently exempt from the high tax band that the rest of Ligue 1’s big earners are saddled with, though the LFP are currently trying to do something about that) and that a fiscal compromise between the governing body and Rybolovlev may also have something to do with it.

Anyway, given that players are currently forbidden from moving twice in the same transfer window, we doubt we’re going to see anything drastic any time soon, but you never know – especially as it seems football has now gone totally and utterly insane!

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  1. Hugo says:


    I think when you use a sentence like this:”27/29-year-old Colombian striker just two months ago…” when it’s more than proven that the guy is 27 remembers me a lot of Sun and the spanish papers … it’s needless and bad journalism.

    Best Regards

  2. Fredmeister says:

    Hello Hugo,

    I’m sure Chris would have put lol JK ;) after that, but then he probably assumes a level of intelligence and a sense of humour in his blog readership.

    Clearly he is wrong.

    Best Regards

  3. NotPotter says:

    Players are not limited to moving twice in the same registration period. They can be registered to play for up to 3 teams between 1st July and 30th June the following year but can only play competitively for 2 of those 3 clubs. If these rumours are true then there would nothing to prevent the transfer of his registration, well, other than the ludicrous wages and potential issues from 3rd party ownership which were, in part, responsible for Falcao moving to Monaco in the first place.

    • Sam says:

      But players contract can be terminated by club and player can join another club on a free transfer on same transfer window;

  4. Si says:

    @Hugo – it was clearly a tongue-in-cheek reference to the recent claims surrounding Falcao and was not intended to be taken seriously.

    The mind boggles.

  5. Straight Dave says:

    LOL @ Hugo. Whoooooooosh…

  6. jrgoonar says:

    I wish something like this would happen to Chelsea or city. It would make my YEAR if one day Abramovic came out and said he can’t afford it all anymore and what’s more, he wants every penny back so they end up losing all their players and going bankrupt and getting relegated! Ahhhh I can but dream lol

  7. Waterboy says:



    You are not so bright aren’t you? Do not comment if you doesn’t know the meaning of it. Your comment is needless and an embarrassment.

    Best Regards

  8. Anabelle says:

    I still think he’s 29 years old.

    This nonsense about taxes is probably a smokescreen to cover up the real reason.

    Hang on, just found my tinfoil hat.

  9. with the left and the right says:

    Totally and utterly insane you say? and yet when Arsenal choose to spend wisely and not cough up ridiculous amounts of cash they’re ridiculed by fans and pundits alike. I don’t understand English fans

  10. Lol says:

    I’m sure I read somewhere that he was only going to Monaco because Atletico Madrid did not want to sell their arch rivals Real.(something about a gentlemans agreement). Hmmm, doesn’t seem so ridiculous now…

  11. Viktahugo says:

    Those guys are insane to put falcao on the market..@hugo ur comments are nonsense

  12. Kris says:

    Is he not from uruguay?

  13. MGJ says:

    @ Straight Dave – LOL

    @ Hugo – Go read BBC Sport

  14. chungo says:


    wouldn’t be the first time, there was this little known player who went straight from AtMA to Real, what was his name again?
    aye,found it.. Raúl…

    ok, he was 15 at the time, but still :)

  15. joe says:

    If it’s in Marca it’s a lie.

  16. Tellitasitis says:

    Hey Hugo, is this how your mind works?…left foot forward, right foot forward, left foot forward, right foot forward, right foot forward…damn, I’ve tripped over again!!

  17. Jelainne says:

    Well, we all know now that Hugo has every right to be pissed and Chris is not the brightest one:

    Here’s the birth certif. of Falcao:

  18. syndex says:

    I am fairly sure a player can move twice in the same window as I remember it happening. David Unsworth went from west ham to villa and straight back to everton in under a month.

  19. Ryan Maker says:

    John Obi Mike signed a contract at Manchester United never wore the shirt decided he wanted to go Chelsea and Utd sanctioned the move. Making a profit without him ever playing or taking a wage.

  20. Ha! says:

    I really, really hope this is true.

    All because the Russians can’t fix the price of potash anymore.

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