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James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich - The bargain of the summer!

Wednesday 12th July 2017
After his exclusion from Real Madrid's Champions League final squad against Juventus and lack of game time throughout the recently finished campaign James Rodriguez has practically been seen as guaranteed to leave the Bernabeu this summer and on midday Tuesday he did just that with a move to Bayern Munich.

As much of a stir as that has caused the destination and swift nature of the signing is far from the most notable point. The amount of money and details of the deal are what raises eyebrows more than anything else! The Colombian attacking midfielder has moved to the Allianz Arena on a two-year loan deal with an option for a permanent move once those two years are up. Already quite an intriguing deal but just to compound the astonishment more the reported fees according to Bild, the German newspaper, are around £4.5 million each loan year totalling to £9 million with the buying fee at £34 million. Making his entire transfer not even reaching the £45 million pound mark! In the current market of overly inflated prices and big asking fees, it's incredible that such a high profile world class talent has moved for such a price and on such a deal. You'd have to say it proves how much Madrid wanted to get him off the books and also how fantastic Bayern are in their negotiations, full credit to them.

The amount of money and details of the deal are what raises eyebrows more than anything else! The Colombian attacking midfielder has moved to the Allianz Arena on a two-year loan deal with an option for a permanent move once those two years are up. Already quite an intriguing deal but just to compound the astonishment more the reported fees according to Bild, the German newspaper, are around £4.5 million each loan year totalling to £9 million with the buying fee at £34 million. Making his entire transfer not even reaching the £45 million pound mark! In the current market of overly inflated prices and big asking fees, it's incredible that such a high profile world class talent has moved for such a price and on such a deal. You'd have to say it proves how much Madrid wanted to get him off the books and also how fantastic Bayern are in their negotiations, full credit to them.

James was linked with moves to the Premier League this window with both Manchester United and Chelsea touted as possible destinations. Contrasting reports suggest Bayern have blown the two out of the water whilst other media outlets claim no interest was ever real. Whichever way around it goes there's no doubt he would have been a world class high-profile signing for both clubs and despite somewhat of an overload in players at Bayern now they have secured the signature of a top class footballer none the less. With both James Rodriguez and Carlo Ancelotti reunited in Germany after their time together at Madrid there's every chance the Colombian captain will be a pivotal part of the set up for Bayern Munich, and for the foreseeable future too. Perhaps the replacements for the ageing Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery have been found with this transfer.

It really can't be reiterated enough how much of a financial marvel this deal is with the fees that are being paid this summer and have been paid recently, even if James Rodriguez was surplus to requirements at Madrid. For example, when compared to the departures from the club in the past four years of Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria to Arsenal and Manchester United respectively it shows the value for money in the transfer. All three players' positions within the Real Madrid pecking order are practically identical. All seen as top class talents but all have lost their place due to incomings at the club and are being forced to move away. With Ozil's price of £42.5 million in 2013 and Di Maria's whopping fee in the region of £60 million, it makes James look like a steal! Perhaps it's the exploitation of the money within the Premier League that does this, the boast of how rich the clubs within the league are is sure to crank up a potential transfer fee. Not that Bayern Munich aren't cash rich of course, but they don't tend to flaunt the fact too often.

There is, of course, a large chunk of the transfer window to go and a whole host of deals are yet to even materialise but it will take something very special indeed to beat Bayern's signing of James Rodriguez  to be the bargain of the summer. The German champions have secured the services of a world class player and as of yet have hardly paid a fraction of then run of the mill fees we see in the modern game.
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.


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