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Monday 23 October 2017

Real sign Rodriguez for €80m

James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez

REAL MADRID have agreed a deal to sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco, the European champions have announced.

The Colombia international has agreed a six-year contract with Madrid and underwent his medical with the club on Tuesday morning. He will be presented on Tuesday evening.

Neither club have confirmed the fee for the 23-year-old, but reports suggest Madrid have paid in the region of €80 million (£63million), which would make Rodriguez the fourth most expensive transfer of all time after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Rodriguez was one of the revelations of the World Cup, scoring in each of Colombia's games as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the very first time, eventually losing 2-1 to hosts Brazil.

In total Rodriguez scored six goals at the World Cup to finish as the leading scorer - one clear of Thomas Muller - while his stunning 25-yard volley against Uruguay was voted goal of the tournament on FIFA.com.

His signing comes less than a week after Madrid brought in another of the World Cup's star performers in Germany's Toni Kroos, who moved from Bayern Munich for a reported £24million. It also means that Madrid now boast three of the four most expensive signings in history, having spent a world-record £86million on Bale last summer and £80million on Ronaldo in 2009.

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