Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez, the club’s director general, were joined for lunch on Monday by agent Jorge Mendes at one of the restaurants at the Santiago Bernabéu. Pérez is not a regular presence at the club’s offices unless there are urgent matters to attend to. In this instance, there are.
Mendes is the agent of AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who returned to action with the Ligue 1 club in this weekend’s Emirates Cup in London. Despite his comments after scoring the only goal against Arsenal on Sunday – “right now I can’t think about another club” – his dream is to pull on the shirt of Real Madrid.
Real have been reduced to one striker in their squad following Álvaro Morata’s departure for Juventus. Los Blancos could strengthen in the position with the capture of the international team-mate of recent signing James Rodríguez, who recommended the club buy ‘El Tigre’ in an interview with AS.
Mendes was involved in Monaco’s interest in signing Madrid’s Ángel Di María, whom he also represents, with the Argentine now seemingly destined for Paris Saint-Germain. Above and beyond Pérez and Mendes' excellent general relationship, it appears evident that there are negotiations in process. The likelihood of Falcao joining Real Madrid is increasing, while Di María's move to PSG could be close.