Real Madrid are keeping an eye on developments in Liverpool and Monaco and will move for either Luis Suarez or Radamel Falcao in January, according to Spanish sports daily Marca.
Los Merengues have just spent over £120m during the summer on winger Gareth Bale and Spanish midfielders Asier Illarramendi and Isco.
However, with sole senior centre-forward Karim Benzema copping flak from the crowd this season despite goals in his first two league games, the Bernabeu faithful are hoping a new goal hero can be sought by manager Carlo Ancelotti when the transfer window reopens.
As the Madrid-based paper has pointed out, neither Suarez nor Falcao is playing in Europe this term and would both be eligible for the latter stages of Ancelotti’s side’s attempt to win their first Champions League title since 2002, an eventuality that can be backed at 5/1.
They were strongly linked with a move for Liverpool’s Uruguayan hitman during the summer and were preparing a bid after Arsenal thought they had activated a £40m release clause in the player’s contract.
Anfield chairman Tom Werner held firm and Suarez stayed, but the striker has repeatedly stated his desire to move to the Spanish capital and does not want to finish another season outside Europe’s elite club competition.
Despite starting the season in fine form for Monaco with three goals in his first four league matches, Falcao is thought to be unhappy with life in the principality.
New tax laws set to be pushed through by the French government could mean the Colombian international’s reported £12m salary is cut in half.
Monaco were rumoured to have offered their July signing to Madrid before the end of the transfer window in the hope of avoiding a huge fine for failing to get their financial affairs in line with the rest of Ligue 1.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez was distracted by the deal for Bale at that time, but is thought to retain an interest in the man who scored an astonishing 52 goals in 67 La Liga matches for neighbours Atletico Madrid.