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One In, One Nearly Out At Bayern Munich

It’s been a relatively slow day in terms of transfer news but that is not to say that there has been nothing to report on, it is certainly not the case in Germany as Bundesliga behemoths have been busy after announcing the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

The Colombian international has signed for the German giants on a 2 year loan deal, a similar setup to the one that saw Kingsley Coman join the Bavarian outfit at the start of the 2015/16 season before finally making the deal a permanent one a couple of months ago.

For James Rodriguez it is a chance to link up with former boss Carlo Ancelotti once again after the two of them spent the 2014/15 season together at the Santiago Bernabeu, although it was not a particularly successful one as the club failed to win any silverware and it was this trophyless haul that ultimately cost the current Bayern boss his position with Los Blancos.

It is believed that it cost nearly 80 million Euro to bring James Rodriguez to Madrid a deal which at the time made him the fourth most expensive signing of all time, although that said it is fair to say that he has not quite lived up to his price tag.

That however is through no real fault of his own it’s just that he has been unable to really nail down a first team spot under the stewardship of both Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane. After making 29 La Liga appearances under Ancelotti in 2014/15, his game time has diminished to 26 and then 22 appearances respectively in the last two seasons.

Therefore with first team football by no means a given next season it was deemed as the perfect opportunity to move to pastures new for the Colombian international and he has ended up choosing the Bundesliga as the new place in which to ply his trade.

What is quite apparent is the fact that for all the reported interest from a number of Premier League clubs nothing ever really materialised, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have been recently linked with the player but were supposedly put off by the quoted asking price which was to believed to be in the region of £65m.

So Bayern have pulled off something of a masterstroke as they have not had to outlay any funds in which to acquire the services of the Colombian and for them it is a no risk transfer, should the worst happen and the 26 year old is not a success in Germany then he can simply be packed off back to the Spanish capital.

That said I cannot see that being the case and eventually he will end up becoming a permanent fixture for the Bundesliga champions although the same cannot be said about Douglas Costa who is set to make way for Bayern’s new signing.

The Brazilian international has been reportedly linked with a move to Tottenham but unfortunately it is something that has never really got out of first gear and there will be even more disappointment for fans of that club as Costa is now set to move to Juventus.

The Champions League runners up from last season have agreed to pay a loan fee of €6 million, and then the Turin outfit has an obligation to buy Costa for a fee of €40m at the end of the season, a similar example of this kind of deal is when Alvaro Negredo was loaned to Valencia first before they then had to make the deal permanent.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk player was bought to the club for the start of the 2015/16 season and has made 50 Bundesliga appearances on the way to winning back to back titles, during that time he has scored 8 goals for the club – 4 in each of his two seasons.

But he has found himself in a similar situation to that of James Rodriguez and with the 26 year old now moving further down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena he now has had to find himself a new home for next season with Serie A set to be his next port of call.

For both Bayern Munich and Juventus these are astute pieces of business and one that will more than likely to continue their strangleholds in both Germany and Italy respectively. Good news for them but bad news for their opponents.

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