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Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, one of the stars of the World Cup, is close to joining Real Madrid.
Spanish newspaper AS, a Madrid-based daily, reported last night that Real have reached a verbal agreement with the 23-year-old, who had declared his interest in joining the European champions.
Los Blancos need only to close the deal with Monaco, who have set an asking price of 80 million euros ($134m) for the World Cup’s Golden Boot winner with six goals.
To finance the move, Real, who have confirmed a deal of 25-30 million euros for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, would have to sell Angel di Maria, who could join Paris Saint-Germain for 60 million euros.
Kroos, 24, has signed a six-year contract with Real after starring in Germany’s World Cup-winning run.
Read the full report in our print edition on July 18.
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