Bayern Munich have signed a midfielder James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal, the German champions said on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Colombia international made 22 La Liga appearances for Real last season, scoring eight goals, and featured six times in the Champions League.
Rodriguez moved to Real Madrid from Monaco for a reported $68.4 million) in 2014 after winning the Golden Boot as the leading scorer at the World Cup.
His ability to score spectacular goals made him an ideal addition to Real’s “Galacticos” project, but he struggled to nail down a regular starting place at the Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, Arsenal may hope that the confirmation of this deal will spell the end to Bayern’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.
Manchester United and Chelsea had both been linked with a move for Rodriguez this summer, but a deal did not materialise for either.
Rodriguez is Bayern’s fourth recruit of the summer, following the signing of Serge Gnabry, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman after a successful loan spell.
Rodriguez goes straight into the squad travelling to China and Singapore for a 12-day pre-season tour on Sunday.