Real Madrid have announced the signing of James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract for a fee of £63million, the highest of the summer and fifth highest of all time, reports Sky Sports.
The Golden Boot winner from the World Cup in Brazil last month had said in an interview last week that a move to the Spanish giants would be a dream come true, and it seems that Real Madrid were willingly to make the Colombian’s fantasies a reality.
Rodriguez had only been at Monaco for one season after moving from Porto for £35 million. This makes the 23 year old's transfer the second biggest investment deal in Ligue 1 history, with Monaco earning €35 million from the deal, second only to Eden Hazard's move to Chelsea from Lille in 2012.
The six goals that Rodriguez scored in Brazil - especially the goal of the tournament against Uruguay - caught the attention of several big name clubs but it was Real Madrid that the Colombian was always most likely to join.
The attacking midfielder managed to score nine goals for Monaco last season, also contributing twelve assists as they finished runners up to Paris Saint-Germain, securing Champions League football for the first time in almost a decade. Monaco last appeared in the main draw of the Champions League back in 2004/05, the year after finishing second to Porto in the final.
The club announced that they didn’t wish to sell Rodriguez, but when a bid of that magnitude is offered, it is best for all parties to move in the same direction.
As Rodriguez wished for the transfer to go through, the board obviously allowed it. The club said that they remain ambitious to improve for next season whilst trying to strengthen the squad.
Rodriguez was given the number 10 shirt at Real and will join up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in a formidable attacking lineup.
With the imports that both Barcelona and Real Madrid have made this summer, it is difficult to see another team outside of those two mounting a serious title bid. However, the El Classico should provide some classic matches as the two teams, brimming with talent, seek to outplay the others. It is unknown if there will be any big name departures from Real Madrid to accommodate the arrival of Rodriguez, with Di Maria and Isco, to name only two, worried about lack of game time next season.