James Rodriguez is almost a Galaticos.
The 23-year-old Colombia international has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Rodriguez has supposedly agreed to a five-year-deal with Los Blancos, and will take home 7.5 million euros a season.
Only the transfer fee itself has yet to be finalized. France club A S Monaco, whom James is currently with, is said to be amenable with a 70 million euros plus a player deal, after holding out initially for 80 million euros.
The player in question for the swop deal could be Brazilian midfielder Casemiro. Monaco originally wanted Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, but Real Madrid was not willing to part with either player.
Madrid’s signing of Rodriguez will be their second high-profile signing of the summer. Last season’s Champions League winners have already wrapped up a 30 million euros deal for Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos.
Both Rodriguez and Kroos have played brilliantly at World Cup 2014, and their signings show that Real Madrid’s Galaticos policy, that of recruiting world class players for huge fees, is very much alive and well.
On a personal level, both Rodriguez and Kroos are more than happy to sign for Real Madrid.
After the completion of his deal, Kroos said that “Coming [to Real Madrid] is a dream come true.”
Likewise, James Rodriguez said: “Playing for Real Madrid is my life’s dream: it’d be a privilege to play alongside so many stars.
“If it happened, I’d enjoy it to the max.”
It seems that it is only a matter of time before Rodriguez dream becomes a reality.