Reports: Real Madrid closes in on deal for Colombia's Rodriguez
JUL 21, 2014 1:30p ET
James Rodriguez, the Colombia striker who was the top scorer at the World Cup, is reportedly closing in on a deal with Real Madrid.
Spanish sports newspaper AS said Monday that Monaco has agreed terms with Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez has delayed his flight to Los Angeles where the club's squad is scheduled to do some pre-season training.
Sports newspaper Marca, traditionally very close to Madrid's boardroom, says Rodriguez is to be presented to fans on Tuesday.
Madrid has already signed Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for next season.
The 24-year-old German admitted he had been approached by the Spaniards, and "all the biggest clubs in the world", prior to lifting the World Cup, but it was that triumph over Argentina in the Maracana which made up his mind for him.
"I wanted a change," Kroos told the German Football Association's (DFB) website. "The first time I gave it any thought was when contract talks with Bayern hit the buffers. Bayern were always my first contact and that is why I had always ruled out making contact with any other clubs."
Kroos added: "When we were unable to reach an agreement and several interested clubs, including all of the biggest clubs in the world, approached me, I decided to try out something new. Winning the World Cup then tipped the scales."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.