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Done Deal: Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea miss out on James Rodriguez

Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have missed out on the signing of Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

The Colombian playmaker has been linked with a move to the Premier League trio for around £60m this summer, but has today put an end to the speculation by completing a two-year loan move to Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga Champions have an option to buy the playmaker following the two year stint in Bavaria, where the 25-year-old will be reunited with former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.

In a statement on the club website, Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said:

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid,

“James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”

It is believed that the German giants will pay €5m-a-year to Real Madrid for his services, and have a €32.5m option to purchase him outright in 2019.

Rodriguez has scored 36 goals and provided 41 assists since moving to the Bernabeu three years ago, in an €80m move from AS Monaco.

The deal is subject to a medical.

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