With Oleg Tinkov planning to pull his sponsorship from the sport at the end of the 2016 season, Contador will be a free agent come the end of the year, with the seven-time Grand Tour winner originally planning to hang up his wheels.
"We already have some contact with Alberto Contador. Who would not be interested in a rider like this? It will not be easy, but we will try," Lampre-Merida general manager Giuseppe Saronni told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Alberto Contador's Tour de France bike
Saronni is absolutely right - why wouldn't the team be interested in a rider who would instantly raise the credibility of the squad?
Bringing Contador on board would give the team a bona fide general classification contender, which it currently lacks. Rui Costa is taken on the leadership at the Tour de France in recent years, but has failed to get close to the top 10, withdrawing from the past two editions.
But the battle for Contador's signature is guaranteed to be fierce, especially if he puts in a strong performance at the Tour this year.
Trek-Segafredo could be looking for an upgrade in their Grand Tour squads and will have the capital once Fabian Cancellara retires and is off the wage bill. Then there's the possibility of Contador's former manager Bjarne Riis getting back into the sport and offering the Spaniard a contract.
This is just the start of transfer speculation that will run throughout the season.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
Classified raises 22M Euros in funding, expands into e-bike market
Today, Classified announced it has raised an impressive 22 million euros in funding for expansion, led by Active Partners, who are also the investors behind Rapha and Evans Cycles.
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published
Look Trail Grip pedal review - a great option for the adventurous commuter
Impressive grip, but the lugs are not up to the demands of rigourous off-road riding – the 'trail' title might be a bit misleading...
By Emma Silversides • Published
Alpecin-Deceuninck confirm Jay Vine move to UAE Team Emirates
The Australian previously hinted that he'd remain with the Belgian team in 2023
By Tom Davidson • Published
Tadej Pogačar is still the best rider in the world, right?
16 wins, a third monument, but second at the Tour de France sums up his 2022
By Adam Becket • Published