James Rodriguez’s sudden move to Bayern Munich is one of the summer’s most unpredictable transfer.
The Colombian international was supposedly going to leave Real Madrid in a big-money move, but he’s actually proved to be quite the bargain for the Bavarians.
Carlo Ancelotti has brought his former player on a two-year loan deal with the option to buy for just £31million.
If he can recapture the form that brought him into the spotlight at 2014 World Cup, then what an addition he’ll be to the Bundesliga champions’ attack.
The only man associated with Bayern who might not be so pleased about his arrival is Thomas Muller.
Naturally, the Colombian ace is going to be in direct competition with the German man, whose decline over the past couple of years has been well-documented.
The German World-Cup winner only saw the net five times last season to follow up on a thoroughly disappointing Euro 2016 season.
Ancelotti insists he can accommodate both players, telling reporters in Shanghai:
“Of course we didn’t buy James to replace Thomas Muller. If you think this way you can think he will replace Thiago [Alcantara] because he can play in the centre. He can play on the right or the left and so he can replace [Arjen] Robben or [Franck] Ribery.”
That won’t be the end of rumours linking the German with the Allianz exit.
German outlet Bild report that four top European clubs are monitoring his situation as they still rate him highly.
Juventus doesn’t look to be interested in him, while Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool would all like to have him in their respective squad.
Jurgen Klopp is particularly interested to link up with his compatriot.
Don’t read too much into this report, Liverpool fans, but the club will be playing in Munich in early August anyway for the Audi Cup, which would offer the perfect chance to negotiate.
He’s tied with the Bundesliga champions until the summer of 2021. Ultimately, it looks as if it’s up to the player to decide whether his time in southern Germany is up.
If Muller does choose to leave, it looks as if he’ll have no problems finding a top club to take him on.
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