James Rodriguez Tipped to Join Atletico From Rivals Real Madrid

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Real have wanted rid of poor James Rodriguez for quite some time | Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

The curious (sad?) case of James Rodriguez could be finally set for an amicable conclusion, with reports coming out of Spain suggesting he is to join Atletico Madrid this summer.

Signed by Real Madrid to much fanfare following his magnificent displays for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup, early promise in the capital soon dissipated and the 29-year-old has failed to capture such form since.

Having fallen way down the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, a two-year loan move to Bayern Munich had hoped to reignite his career but ended without a permanent switch and his return to Madrid has been anything but fruitful.

Zinedine Zidane doesn't favour him and a departure from the club has been on the cards for some time, although Spanish television show El Golazo de Gol have claimed a move away looks finally set to take place. They've even gone for the whole 'picture of player in opposition club's shirt', so, it's basically confirmed.

Their details of the move state that Rodriguez will join Diego Simeone’s side in a deal worth €10-15m, ending a six-year stint with Los Blancos that brought with it 37 goals in 125 outings, as well as two Champions League and La Liga titles.

Generally speaking, joining your cross city rivals would be seen as a controversial move. In this case, given the unwillingness of those at Real to keep hold of Rodriguez, fans and club alike, one would expect this deal to transpire without the regular furore. Not that in the case of the Madrid clubs this happens all too often anyway.

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Atletico scored the fewest goals of all the league sides in who finished in this season's top eight, therefore creativity has been at the forefront of Simeone's summer plans. As it is, it looks like he may be succeeding in addressing that.

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