The German powerhouse Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez on a two-year loan with option to buy. The Colombian started in only 13 La Liga matches last season and was unhappy with his situation at the club.
The deal will include a fee of 5 million euro per year and the option to buy for an additional 35 million euro. Bayern Munich is reportedly paying 100% of his wages which amounts to 10 million euro per year. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that signing James Rodriguez was Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish and that it was an easy deal to conclude as the whole boardroom agreed upon it.
Carlo Ancelotti was Real Madrid’s manager when James Rodriguez signed for them in 2014. It is rumored that a good relationship between the Bayern board and the Real Madrid board may have contributed to a lower transfer-fee than expected for a player of James’ caliber.
While James Rodriguez shined the most when he played in a central position, the Columbian is capable of playing on the wings as well. Douglas Costa’s exit in addition to Robben and Ribery’s inevitable decline in the next few years will definitely create a demand for players able to play in wide positions at Bayern.
According to German football journalist Raphael Honigstein, Bayern’s number one target was Alexis Sanchez, but his wage demands seem to have put an end to negotiations. Bayern don’t seem to be done with business this summer as chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that the transfer market is open until the 31st of August and they will continue to observe the market.