Posted on Wednesday, 28th March 2012 by Iain Culverhouse
As of late the media has made varied remarks about the demise of several top flight La Liga clubs who collectively owe €752m (£627.3 Million) to the Spanish tax authorities. As such, this summer expects more than the normal amount of transfers out of several Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Real Betis, Valencia, Levante, Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, Malaga, Espanyol, Rayo Vallecano and Sevilla.
By far the worst of these is Atletico Madrid who owe €155 million (£129 million) worth of debt, and that was after the €50 million that they received from Manchester City for Sergio Aguero.
A number of Premier League clubs are looking at who they can snap up and so far Radamel Falcao is thought to be on top of list. The Colombian striker could potentially be bought for £30 million after just one season at the Madrid club. However, Atletico Madrid will be fighting hard to keep the La Liga joint 3rd top goal scorer, but may find it increasingly difficult if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, which given there form is a real possibility this season.
It is thought that Chelsea and Spurs are after the former Porto forward, who signed for Atletico last summer for £35 million. However, Arsenal may look to rekindle their interest in the 26-year-old, depending on what happens within the club towards the end of the season and how negotiations go with Robin van Persie.
To be honest, how the Spanish government and FA have allowed this situation to get this bad is beyond me, and it goes to show just how poorly run things are in La Liga.
Should Arsenal take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s tax debt and snap up Falcao? In all fairness, I’d rather see Lukas Podolski sign for the club and keep Van Persie. However, if the situation arrives whereby we need someone to replace our Dutch skipper in the summer, then I think Falcao would be a great signing. But our main priority should be tying RVP down to a new deal and bringing in Podolski.
I believe we should keep a very close eye on the situation in Spain and see what develops in the coming months. We could potentially take advantage of the Spaniards demise and acquire some real talent on cut-priced deals.
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