German champions Bayern Munich have signed Colombia star James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid.
James, who will be 26 on Wednesday, joined the Bundesliga giants after months of speculation linking him with Manchester United, Chelsea amd other clubs.
“FC Bayern München and Real Madrid have today agreed the transfer of Colombian international James Rodríguez to the record German champions,” Bayern said in a statement on their official website of Tuesday.
“The two clubs have agreed on a two-year loan deal until 30 June, 2019 with the option for FC Bayern München to buy the player. James Rodríguez will sign his contract in Munich once the obligatory medical has been successfully completed.
“The 25 year-old midfielder was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with six goals, after which he moved from Monaco to Real Madrid. In the last three years, he’s won the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup twice with the Spanish side as well as La Liga once. In total he made 111 competitive appearances for Real, scoring 36 goals and giving 41 assists.”
“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,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
“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.”
James will be in the Bayern squad for the 12-day Audi Summer Tour to China and Singapore.
James joined Real Madrid from Monaco for €80m in 2014 after an impressive World Cup but could join Bayern on a permanent deal for €32m after his loan spell.