Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have agreed on a two-year loan deal for Colombian international James Rodríguez pending a successful medical.
The deal will see him stay at the Allianz Arena until the June 2019 upon which time Bayern will then have the opportunity to permanently buy the player.
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Bild report that it is a €5 million loan fee per year with the option to buy in 2019 at a cost of around €35.2 million.
The 25-year-old rose to international stardom after becoming the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil scoring six goals and taking home the World Cup Golden Boot, including the FIFA Puskas award-winning goal for 2014 as seen below:
After the tournament, he moved from Monaco to Real Madrid for a reported fee of £63 million on a six-year contract. Since joining the Galacticos three years ago the playmaker has gone on to win the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup twice as well as a La Liga title.
While at the Bernabeu he has scored 36 goals and made 41 assists in 111 competitive appearances.
In a statement released by Bayern, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted as saying:
“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid. James is a very versatile player.
“He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”
Pending the medical, James will waste no time in becoming a member of the Bayern squad as they set off on Sunday evening for a twelve-day Audi Summer Tour to China and Singapore.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan were all interested in and linked with the Colombian throughout the summer as it seemed he had fallen out of favour with Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane last season. However, the current German champions came out on top.
Rob Lynch, Pundit Arena