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James Rodriguez to be unveiled by Real Madrid on Tuesday, join club for U.S. tour

Jul 22, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) AP

The official confirmation is still pending, but by this time tomorrow, James Rodríguez will be a Real Madrid player.

According to reports out of Spain, the Colombian international will complete his move from AS Monaco on Tuesday, with an official unveiling scheduled to take place mid-day Madrid-time at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The final price is expect to be $107 million (€80 million), nearly doubling the fee Monaco paid last year ($58 million) to purchase the Columbian midfielder from Porto. Only Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suárez have garnered larger transfer fees in world soccer history .

From AS:

Real plan to unveil the Colombia international at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday. Florentino Pérez and José Ángel Sánchez will delay their trip to the USA, where the first team squad set off for on Monday ahead of a pre-season tour. James will join up with the squad, together with Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema, on 1 August.

… James will wear the number 10 shirt which was last worn by Mesut Özil.

The number may hint at where Rodríguez is likely to play: in support of striker Karim Benzema; between Ronaldo and Bale. With talents like Ángel Di María and Isco in the team, Rodríguez’s adaptation from Ligue 1 will determine how quickly the 23-year-old will assume that role.

Given his success at Brazil 2014, Rodríguez could assimilation quickly to life with the European Champions. In five games at the World Cup, Rodríguez scored six goals and assisted two others, winning the tournament’s Golden Boot despite leaving the tournament at the quarterfinal stage.

Last year in France, Rodríguez led Ligue 1 in assists, setting up 12 goals to earn a place in the league’s Team of the Year. With nine goals, Rodríguez finished second on Monaco in scoring, his goals helping offset the mid-season loss of countryman Radamel Falcão.

  1. chefsato - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Weren’t RM half a billion dollars in debt? Where in the great blue hell are the getting the money for this, let alone Suarez?

  2. jucam1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Suarez went to Barca…. And RM is the richest club in the world, they always find the money. Congratulations Hames!!

  3. Damidwesterner - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    ESPN said over the weekend that RM has spent around $150M in transfer fees so far. I wonder how this is playing in the Financial Fair Play arena….. I know Forbes said they’re worth $3.48B, but that’s not all liquid assets cash on hand.

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