The Colombian joins Los Blancos on a six-year deal.
Real Madrid have completed the signing of AS Monaco attacking midfielder James Rodriguez on a six-year deal.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 22, 2014
It’s unknown exactly how much the 22-year-old has cost the Spanish giants, but reports in the Guardian said Monaco were holding out for €85m (£67m).
This would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive footballer of all-time behind new Madrid teammates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and FC Barcelona’s latest signing Luis Suarez.
The Colombia international only moved to the Stade Louis II last summer in a £60m double deal from FC Porto that also included midfielder Joao Moutinho.
Yet after impressing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with his national team Colombia – where Rodriguez was Golden Boot winner with six goals – Los Blancos couldn’t resist moving for the South American.
The attacker openly admitted that a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is his dream and the Colombian joins Toni Kroos on the list of new arrivals this summer – with the German completing the switch from Bayern Munich last week.
The arrival of Rodriguez further plunges the future of Angel di Maria in the Spanish capital into doubt, with reports in the Daily Express stating both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are extremely keen on the Argentinian.