Chelsea were in the race to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, as well as Manchester United.
It was believed the Colombian will end up in a Premier League side at least, but it wasn’t to be as Bayern silently won the race for the 25-year-old.
Bayern Munich were first linked with Rodriguez earlier this morning and around noon, a deal was confirmed by both clubs.
Bayern have successfully completed the signing of Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with the option to make it permanent.
It is believed the German champions will pay Real around €5million per year for the loan, with the option to buy him for just over €35m in 2019.
Chelsea fans have revealed their shock at one of football’s best kept secrets.
Oh wow. Now that's how u get a deal done. Under the radar. Done and dusted. https://t.co/2xMHVvkhnF
— CHELSEA (@cfc_chelsea) July 11, 2017
Chelsea's next signing should be signing Bayern's director
— Shri (@ShriCFC) July 11, 2017
The dream of James Rodriguez to Chelsea has ended. Time to dream again.
As our partner Nike would say…
— Lav (@LavCFC) July 11, 2017
I always wanted James at #CFC and really thought we'd make a move this summer. Gutted to see him go to Bayern so easily.
— Kostis S. (@KostisCFC) July 11, 2017
Brilliant business by Bayern. Chelsea board could learn a thing or two from them.https://t.co/aYJ7fY3PQv
— Everything Chelsea (@EverythiingCFC) July 11, 2017
Cant believe james joined bayern what is chelsea even doing
— Colz (@Colazing_) July 11, 2017
Chelsea penny pinching for James since 2 windows. Bayern get him in 2 hours
— ChelsBoy (@Pranav_CFC) July 11, 2017
It wasn’t just Chelsea fans who were shocked by the deal, fans from other clubs were as well left stunned.
9am: When you hear rumours of Bayern signing James Rodriguez
1pm: When James Rodriguez signs for Bayern pic.twitter.com/SBv3C4i1Qp
— Ross Dunbar (@rossdunbar93) July 11, 2017
Bayern Munich sign James Rodríguez on a two year loan.. pic.twitter.com/yKPs42gzKA
— ꜱʜᴀɴᴇ ᴏʜʜʜ 🔰⚪ (@ShaneOhhh_) July 11, 2017
James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich out of absolutely nowhere. pic.twitter.com/JDE1aDbuBh
— GF (@GianlucaFresh) July 11, 2017
— Matt Lewis (@mattlewis27) July 11, 2017
James to Bayern got me like pic.twitter.com/Jjh5GeR50G
— Gabe (@gabeofthrnz) July 11, 2017
Real Madrid loaning out James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich for 2 years? Where did that come from!
— Max (@Rxguee) July 11, 2017