Date: 7th August 2014 at 11:30am
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Liverpool are confident of signing Radamel Falcao this summer, after opening talks with Monaco for the striker, according to the Metro.

The Colombian has been heavily linked with a move away from the French club this month, as they look to balance out their spending to comply with FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Manchester City and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for the 28-year-old, but sources in Italy claim Liverpool have moved ahead in the race to sign him, with Brendan Rodgers desperate to secure a world class replacement for Luis Suarez.

Italian journalist Mina Rzouki says the Reds have already held positive negotiations over Falcao, and are quietly confident of persuading him to come to Anfield.

Rzouki posted on Twitter: “Meetings today & a v. good source told me Liverpool have the advantage for Falcao.” 

It’s not yet done. Falcao is between Liverpool and City but the former quite a bit in the lead to land the player. What a coup it would be.” 

The striker is understood to be available on loan with a view to a permanent transfer, which would suit Liverpool considering their level of summer spending so far.