James Rodriguez joins Bayern Munich from Real Madrid on a two year loan deal with an option to make it permanent. Bayern Munich will sign the Colombian international for just £31m permanently from Real Madrid at the end. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich will pay an initial £9m as his loan fee.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Juventus were among the clubs linked with Colombian international James, 25, in recent weeks as Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly held out for a fee of at least €70 million.
James Rodriguez is expected to undergo his medical in the next 48 hours before joining his new teammates for their Asian tour.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said ‘We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘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.’
Real Madrid also confirmed the transfer on their website with the following message “Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have agreed the loan of the player James Rodriguez for the next two seasons, pending the completion of a medical,” the Madrid statement read. “Bayern Munich reserve the right to buy the player at the end of the loan period.”
James Rodriguez made a total of 111 appearances in his three years at the Madrid base Club. He scored 36 times and made a total of 41 assists.
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