It has hardly come as a shock to our regulars here in the Football Transfer Tavern that The Times have reported that Radamel Falcao is set to snub the chance to move to Liverpool in favour of Real Madrid.
We were pretty stunned yesterday when we discussed the fact that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had even considered he was in with a chance of landing the Colombian star and now it seems we were right.
Over a beer and burger special from the kitchen, our punters note that Falcao had always made it clear he wanted to play for Real Madrid and now it seems that he may well get his wish, with reports in Spain claiming a loan deal is on the cards.
This of course leaves Liverpool and Rodgers in quite a difficult position with the season now only just over a week away and no quality replacement for Luis Suarez in sight.
Yes the Reds have recruited heavily, but the quality of the new signings is somewhat debatable according to our landlord.
Liverpool fans. Did you ever think you were in with a realistic shout of landing Falcao? Would you turn to the likes of Mario Balotelli? Let us know your thoughts below.