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Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez joins Bayern Munich on loan

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Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez has joined FC Bayern Munich on a two-season loan deal which also includes a permanent purchase option at the end of the loan deal.

Rodriguez, 25, spent three seasons with the European and La Liga Champions, but never managed to secure a guaranteed starting place despite playing under three different Real Madrid coaches: Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane and Rafael Benitez.

Ancelotti, who is also the current coach of Bayern Munich, will meet his new signing as Rodríguez links up with the Bayern squad immediately and travel with his new team-mates on their 12-day tour to China as well as Singapore.

The Bundesliga champions are also in the midst of a fruitful transfer window, having already signed players such as Corentin Tolisso (Lyon, £36.4m), Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen, £7.7m), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim, free), Kingsley Coman (Juventus, £18.4m) and Niklas Süle (Hoffenheim, £19.3m).

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chairman, said: “We are very happy that we have managed to conclude this transfer. The signing of James Rodríguez was the big wish from our manager, Carlo Ancelotti, after the two of them worked together successfully at Real Madrid.”

“James is a very versatile player. He scores a lot of goals himself and is also able to set up goals and sets overall high standards. We have, without question, heightened the quality of the squad with this transfer.”

On the other hand, Bayern’s Renato Sanches could join another club for a season to gain playing time and match experience as the Portuguese youngster struggles to secure a first team spot.

“It wasn’t an easy first year for Renato,” Rummenigge said. “He returned from the Euros and was injured for three months. I think it’s vitally important for him to play on a regular basis this year. That’s why we’ll consider whether it makes sense to keep him here or to arrange a loan deal. He urgently needs minutes out on the pitch.”

Bayern, who won the Bundesliga by a 15-point margin last season, take on Bayer Leverkusen on Friday 18 August.

Manchester United to embark on Eric Dier pursuit

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Manchester United has embarked upon a new summer signing pursuit in Eric Dier following their successful coup for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Although Dier, 23, is open to the prospect of a move to the Red Devils, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has categorically ruled any possibility of such a move out.

It was also understood that United executive Ed Woodward made a bid for the England player – on the instructions of club coach Jose Mourinho – but Levy had refused and made it plain he was not interested in selling Dier and United ought to take this as his final word on the matter.

But United has refused to cave in particularly as Mourinho and the club continues their pursuit for a defensive midfielder. It appears to be of the highest priority as United are considering making a second offer of £50m and would more than double his £70,000 weekly wage, taking it beyond Tottenham’s £100,000 ceiling.

Should Dier ask for a pay rise to match United’s offer, Levy could not do so without breaking Spurs’ standing wage structure and he will not do this for fear of encouraging other players to ask for large rises — a highly fitting reward for the club that finished second in the Premier League last season.

The situation could also play into Mourinho’s and United’s hands as Dier had been playing second fiddle to Victor Wanyama, who was signed from Southampton in June last year.

Furthermore, Dier had been playing mostly in central defence as part of a back four or back three last season. However, the England International clearly wants to secure his place as a defensive midfielder, and He knows Mourinho would play him in his favoured role.

While there had also been assumptions earlier that they could lure Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, any negotiations would have likely be complicated after the Manchester Club made a coup for Lukaku, who also happened to be a transfer target for the Blues.

In other news, it was also reported that Manchester United opted not to pursue Arsenal’s £52.7m signing Alexandre Lacazette earlier this summer, as Mourinho and his scouting operation believed that the Frenchman was not up to standard, especially in regards to Lacazette’s suitability for the Premier League, his physical attributes and big-game mentality.

Dani Alves snubs Manchester City to join Paris Saint-Germain

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Former Juventus and FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves has agreed to join Paris-Saint Germain on a two-year deal despite an agreement in principle to join Manchester City.

The Ligue 1 runners-up were able to Alves to join them and are believed to have offered significantly more money than City, with his move set to be announced at a press conference in Paris on Wednesday.

This development could hampers the efforts made by City coach Pep Guardiola to overhaul his current squad especially in their back-line, a weakness ruthlessly exposed and exploited last season.

Furthermore, Guardiola also desires Alves’s presence not only for his ability on the pitch but also his leadership off it, since the pair had worked together at Barcelona for four years and the manager knows the positive impact the player can have on team-mates.

It can also be surmised that Alves’s experience is deeply needed for the Manchester squad after they released long-serving veterans in Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.

Alves had just joined Juventus last summer after eight years at Barcelona and contributed significantly to the team’s progress to the Champions League final, where they lost to Real Madrid. In the 4-1 aggregate semi-final win against Monaco Alves created three of Juventus’ four goals and scored the other.

Meanwhile, Jason Denayer has has accused City of “vetoing” a loan move to Lyon and making it difficult for clubs to buy him by demanding an unreasonable price or buy-back clause.

Denayer, 22, joined City in summer 2013 but has never played for the first team. While he technically remains a City player, he has been loaned to Celtic, Galatasaray and Sunderland, making his situation at City a frustrating one.

“Manchester City are not keen on selling me, or only for unreasonable terms for potential buyers: a buy-back clause for almost the same price as the selling price,” he said in an interview. “That means clubs aren’t keen on signing me permanently and prefer to take me on loan. I’ve nothing against a new loan deal but I want to chose my destination.”