James Rodriguez: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2013

If Paris Saint-Germain thought their Ligue 1 victory this season would mean they were set to have it all their own way in France, they were mistaken.

Monaco have only just returned to the top flight, and with a Russian owner seemingly willing to back them to the hilt, they have already started their assault on challenging PSG for the title by snapping up James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho from Porto for a fee that The Sun reports to be in the region of £60 million.

Age: 21

Contract Situation: Monaco have tied Rodriguez down to a five-year deal, meaning he will remain a player for the Ligue 1 side until 2018.

Career Stops: Banfield (2008-10), Porto (2010-13), Monaco (2013-current)

Current Campaign: Portuguese Liga: 22 games, eight goals; Champions League: eight games, one goal, one assist

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Scouting Guide: Rodriguez is one of the hottest young properties in European football right now, with his raw pace and an eye for goal catching the attention of many clubs on the continent and in the Premier League.

Eight goals in 22 league games isn't a bad return for a 21-year-old who is still finding his feet, and so much more is expected of him.

He'll need to address his distribution, however, as he failed to record an assist of any sort in Portugal this term, which, given his official status as a winger, will be a concern.


What's Next?

We now know where the 21-year-old Colombian will be plying his trade for the foreseeable future, although things were expected to be a whole lot different.

He had long been linked with a move to Manchester United, with the Daily Telegraph believing Anderson would be used as a make-weight in any deal. The Express also reported Atletico Madrid were set to make a move.

As Friday's news (May 24) showed though, money talks, and Monaco will be the envy of a few clubs having snapped up the talented wide man.