Real Madrid sign Colombian World Cup top scorer Rodriguez for $108M

Real Madrid have signed Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez from Monaco to a six-year contract, the La Liga club said on Tuesday. The World Cup’s Golden Boot winner with six goals, who will be presented at the Bernabeu later on Tuesday, is Real’s second major signing of the transfer window after Germany midfielder Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich. No details of the fee for Rodriguez were disclosed but media reports said it was around €80 million (US$107.9 million).

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.

Statement on Real Madrid website

Rodriguez, 23, first came to Europe in 2010 after signing for Porto and won the Portuguese league three years in a row before joining Monaco last year. His performances for Colombia at the World Cup prompted a move by Real for Rodriguez who pushed Monaco for the chance to play for the Spanish giants. The arrival of Rodriguez could open the door for Angel Di Maria to leave Real. Coach Carlo Ancelotti had wanted to keep him but the Argentine winger is believed to feel undervalued at the club.