Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Real Madrid C. F. have reached an agreement with AS Mónaco FC to buy James Rodríguez, who will join the club for the next six seasons.
The player will be presented today, Tuesday 22 July, at 20:00 CET, in the Santiago Bernabéu's presidential box.
Following that, James Rodríguez will take his first steps on the Santiago Bernabéu's pitch wearing the Real Madrid jersey and will then answer questions from the media outlets in attendance in the press room.
Earlier, he completed his Real Madrid medical, which took place on Tuesday morning, as reported by Carmen Colino and Manu Sainz of AS.
AS provided an update on Twitter:
James Rodríguez has completed his Real Madrid medical— AS English (@English_AS) July 22, 2014
James Rodríguez after Real Madrid medical: "I'm very happy"— AS English (@English_AS) July 22, 2014
101 Great Goals tweeted an image of James with Madrid's club doctor, and the deal is set to be made official imminently:
James Rodriguez passes his Real Madrid medical pic.twitter.com/0MmJ9UrENi— 101 Great Goals (@102greatgoals) July 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 21
Real Madrid and Monaco have agreed terms for the transfer of James Rodriguez, with an official statement expected from the European champions on either Tuesday or Wednesday this week, according to AS.
Both clubs had been in talks for the past week before finally reaching an agreement on Sunday evening.
AS reports that Monaco will receive a fee close to 80 million euros for the Colombia international and that only a few minor details need to be resolved to conclude the deal and whether a Madrid player will be included.
Mark Doyle of Goal.com reported on when fans can expect to see Rodriguez in the club's shirt:
James will now be presented to the press and Madrid fans on Tuesday, with the construction of a special stage for the ceremony at the Bernabeu already well under way.
The club have also confirmed on their official website that the official stadium tour will not follow the usual route on the morning of June 22 as the Presidential Balcony, where Madrid signings usually make their first appearance, will be off limits to the public.
Updates from Sunday, July 20
ESPN's SportsCenter account reported the latest on Real Madrid's interest in James Rodriguez:
Colombian star James Rodriguez nears transfer to Real Madrid. @marca reports transfer fee is 75 million Euros & deal could be done Monday.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 21, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 17
The Mirror's Alex Richards reports that James Rodriguez is closing in on a move to Madrid:
Real Madrid look set to tie up a mammoth £63 million move for Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez.
The midfielder has reportedly agreed terms with the 10-time European champions over a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Spanish daily AS.
They claim that the Monaco man - who joined the Principality club for £38 million from Portuguese side Porto last summer - will move to the Spanish capital for £63 million.
Updates from Tuesday, July 15
Spanish publication AS provides an update on James Rodriguez's rumoured transfer negotiations with Real Madrid (via InsideSpanishFootball.com):
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Real Madrid will pay James €7.5 million per season, but the hard part will be convincing Monaco to lower their €80 million asking price, which they intend to do by adding Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro.
Updates from Sunday, July 13
Carlos Carpio of Marca provides an update on Real Madrid's pursuit of James Rodriguez:
The player's agent had claimed that it would take an estimated €75m transfer fee to seal the deal. Given that the player does not have a release clause, the club needed to negotiate directly with Monaco.
That step has now been taken. Meetings have taken place in Madrid this week between the French club’s president, Dmitry Rybolovlev, and Real Madrid. The Russian tycoon went in high asking for an astronomical €115m initially. Following arduous negotiations in the two meetings, ‘Los Blancos’ managed to lower the asking price to €85m.
Colombia's James Rodriguez was the breakout star at the 2014 World Cup. Many of the world's top clubs took notice, particularly Real Madrid.
According to Marca (h/t Yahoo Sport), Los Blancos are quite interested in the Monaco product and intend to bring him to Madrid provided they can sell Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria.
It turns out that the feeling is mutual, as the 23-year-old winger expressed a desire to make the move to the Bernabeu if Madrid ultimately makes a run at him, per Marca:
It would be a dream to play for Real Madrid but at the end of it all, I respect my club who has the final say. I respect all the other teams, fans and players of other clubs but Real Madrid will always be Real Madrid.
It makes me profoundly proud that a club like Real Madrid is interested in me. It's like a dream.
Per CNN's Tancredi Palmeri, Rodriguez is so intrigued by Real Madrid that he isn't even necessarily worried about the particulars of a potential deal:
James Rodriguez in tomorrow edition of Marca: "I would join Real Madrid even with closed eyes"— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 11, 2014
Rodriguez would bring a great deal of energy and excitement to the Bernabeu, but not everyone is convinced that it would be the right move. Liam Twomey of Goal.com believes replacing Di Maria with Rodriguez would be a mistake:
Selling Di Maria to sign James Rodriguez would be classic Real Madrid - replacing a selfless team player with talented flavour of the month— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) July 7, 2014
Although Colombia were eliminated by Brazil in the quarterfinals at the World Cup, Rodriguez was spectacular throughout the tournament. In fact, he led superstars such as Germany's Thomas Mueller and Argentina's Lionel Messi in the Golden Boot race as the tournament's top goalscorer, according to ESPN FC:
Real Madrid are already stacked with attacking talent such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Adding someone like Rodriguez to the fold would make Los Blancos even deadlier from an offensive perspective, though.
Where will James Rodriguez play during the upcoming season
Rodriguez is an all-around player who tallied 10 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for Monaco this past season, so he is just as capable of distributing as he is scoring. That would certainly bode well for a talent-laden club like Madrid.
Above all else, Rodriguez is a young player who continues to get better. He is already a star, but he could potentially reach unseen levels of success at Real Madrid.
Monaco may not be keen on giving Rodriguez up, but the offers that come from Real Madrid and other clubs may force their hand. Rodriguez is the fastest-rising star in the sport right now, and seeing him with Los Blancos would be a true treat for soccer fans.
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