Spanish publication Marca reports that Bayern Munich are going to pay Real Madrid €42 million for the permanent transfer of James Rodriguez. Bayern have reportedly already carried out negotiations with Madrid representatives, and deal is almost done. The German club has already spent €13 million on the player for a two-year loan deal.
There was a natural sense of anticipation about James Rodriguez when he joined Real. After all, the player had proven vital for Colombia in their World Cup campaign and the Madrid giants were not ready to spare on any expense.
However, his career stalled in Spain. It’s been the fate of numerous wonderkids tempted by the promise of joining a super club. With Zinedine Zidane, the Colombian’s opportunities all but dried up. And when he did start, he seemed ill at ease and unable to provide his best.
That was until Bayern stepped in. The German side, then coached by Carlo Ancelotti, still saw potential and moved the player to the Bundesliga on loan. Under Jupp Heynckes the player’s form flourished. Bayern are on their way to winning the Bundesliga trophy, they are challenging for the Champions League crown and Rodriguez plays an important role in this team.
Most importantly, it looks like James Rodriguez has finally settled and this is doing wonders for his development. Clearly, the 26-year-old has something to prove in Russia. Both the player and Bayern want reassurance about their future together. The deal is likely to go through and it should benefit all parties involved.