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Real Madrid and Monaco Agree on Colombian James Rodriguez

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James RodriguezMonaco and Real Madrid reached an agreement on terms for James Rodriguez to transfer to los Blancos. The attacking midfielder from Colombia will be unveiled officially on Tuesday by the European champions, according to sources.

Real and Monaco have been negotiating over the last week before finally coming to an agreement Sunday night.

Sources report that Monaco will be paid a fee of nearly 80 million euros for Rodriguez. It is not certain if a player from Madrid will also be included in the deal for the Colombian international.

Monaco would like to have Diego Lopez play for them, but the goalkeeper insists on staying with Real. A newspaper in Germany reported that Sami Khedira the Germany midfielder, who has a year remaining on his contract with Real, could be the player included in the package for Rodriguez.

Real Madrid officials were scheduled to fly to the U.S. for the club’s preseason tour but Florentino Perez the club president and Jose Angel Sanchez the director general have delayed their trip because of the Rodriguez signing.

Rodriguez will join with Real on August 1 along with Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

It is reported that James would not say anything about the possible move to Spain when asked on Sunday at the airport in Madrid.

Rodriguez was at the Madrid airport on Sunday waiting for a connecting flight on to Nice.

Everything is prepared at Santiago Bernabeu as the presidential suite will be set up for the unveiling of the latest member of Real.

Rodriguez will be wearing No. 10, which Mesut Ozil was the last to wear before transferring before last season to Arsenal in the English Premier League.

He will join a front line at Real that includes the likes of Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Toni Kroos a midfielder from Germany who played for Bayern Munich signed last week for Real adding to an already deep, deep roster.

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