Bayern Munich have completed the loan signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year deal. The Bundesliga club has an option to purchase the 25-year-old for €35.2m should they wish to do so.
With Douglas Costa departing for Juventus, this is a signing that makes perfect sense for Bayern Munich and Carlo Ancelotti. The Bavarians have been crying out for that No. 10, whilst the arrival of Rodriguez will take the burden off Thiago Alcantara.
“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,” says Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “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.”
The Colombian was of course the top goalscorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. At Madrid, James has featured in 111 competitive games, scoring 36 and creating 41.