Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez will link up with Bayern Munich over the summer following an agreement for a two-year loan deal.
The Bavarians swooped in with stealthy efficiency to clinch the services of a player whose future has been up in the air for some time, and came to a head when the Colombian was not even included on the bench in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League Final squad.
BBC are reporting that the 25-year-old will cost Bayern Munich €5 million per year (loan fee) with wages of approximately €10 million per season, meaning a total cost of €30 million if Rodriguez stays for the proposed two years.
Bayern Munich then have the option to purchase the player on a permanent basis for another €35 million after June 30, 2019.
“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“Signing James Rodriguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.”
This is the second time that Carlo Ancelotti has brought James Rodriguez into one of his sides, the first being with Real Madrid following Rodriguez’s Golden Boot-winning efforts at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.