Chelsea target Radamel Falcao could be sold by Monaco
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be back on the transfer market again after just a couple of games for his new club.
The £51m signing from Atletico Madrid is on a huge tax-free salary in the principality. This has not impressed Monaco’s Ligue 1 rivals who cannot compete on those terms.
The French Football Federation and the country’s tax authorities are both taking an interest and Monaco, owned by billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, could now be hit with a £75m.
It remains to be seen whether Rybolovlev would cover that or whether Falcao will be sold to avoid the fine.
French journalist Cyrille Haddouche, who works for Le Figaro paper, told the BBC: “The advantage is huge in being able to convince huge players like Falcao to move to the club.
“So the tax advantage that Monaco is considered as unfair [by the clubs], especially in a period of economic difficulties for all clubs except Paris Saint-Germain.
“For example, former winners of the league, Lyon and Lille, must now sell players in order to reach break even.”