Well that’s that party well and truly pooped then.
Any hopes Premier League clubs and fans alike held of James Rodriguez making an eye-catching move to English shores this summer have been dashed.
That’s because the Colombian superstar has agreed to join Bayern Munich instead – a move that will see him reunite with Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid and Bayern have agreed a two-year loan deal for Rodriguez, with the option to buy once that period has elapsed.
The details of the negotiations suggest a €10m loan deal and a further €35.2m to buy in 2019 should the Bavarians choose to exercise the possibility.
It is the second time Ancelotti has moved to sign Rodriguez in his career after he splashed out nearly £70m to bring the player to Madrid following a stunning World Cup in 2014.
Rodriguez’s Real career, in all honesty, never fully fulfilled that potential he displayed in Brazil.
And he fell down the pecking order dramatically under Zinedine Zidane’s tutelage last season, playing more for the ‘B’ side in the latter months and failing to make the Champions League final squad.
The news will come as a hammer blow to both Manchester United and Chelsea, who had been courting the player heavily this summer.
And when you consider the Bayern attack currently ONLY boasts Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Douglas Costa, Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski, you can see why they moved to add some much needed quality.
Moreover, the fact Swansea have reportedly rejected a £40m bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson hammers home just how utterly ridiculous the Premier League is.
Life’s not fair, is it?