Real Madrid have signed AS Monaco and Colombia wonderkid James Rodriguez in a £70 million deal.
James Rodriguez was one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Colombian midfielder scored 6 goals in 5 games for Colombia and also assisted two goals. The 22-year-old also scored what many are claiming as the goal of the tournament against Uruguay in the Round of 16. However his skills weren’t enough and Colombia were knocked out by the hosts Brazil 2-1, with James scoring Colombia's goal.
The total fee, including add-ons, is about reported to be €90 million (£71m). This will make the signing of Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale (£85 million), Cristiano Ronaldo (£80 million) and Luis Suarez (£75 million).
The former Porto forward won the Portuguese league three years in a row before joining Monaco last season along with Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho. The Ligue 1 side splashed £35 million on James where he scored nine goals in 34 Ligue 1 games and also assisted in 11 goals.
James Rodriguez is Real Madrid's second signing of the summer. Los Blancos signed Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for a reported fee of £20 million. The 24-year-old was a key player for Germany's World Cup winning campaign in Brazil.
Both signings mean that speculation on the future of Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria and Isco remains uncertain. Sami Khedira has constantly been linked with a move to Arsenal over the past month but speculation over the move has cooled down. PSG are very interested in signing Angel Di Maria however FIFA's Financial Fair Play rule makes the signing unlikely. As for Isco, Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly interested in the 22-year old.