Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez closing in on €35m move to Everton

Everton open talks with Real Madrid over ambitious move for James Rodriguez Exclusive: Everton in talks to sign Colombia star James Rodriguez on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid
Noah Ferguson | 29 August, 2020, 23:28

It is not yet clear what kind of fee Real Madrid will demand for James - if any - given they are keen to remove him from their wage bill.

Everton (prosaic, old-fashioned, muddy, a proper home for players like Tony Hibbert) and James (daring, exotic, looks like the hero in a Disney film called "The Boy Who Played Soccer") would feel like a very odd football marriage, but it's so ill-matched that it might just work.

James has now picked up a total of nine major honours during in his time at the Bernabeu, but he wasn't happy with his limited contribution to Madrid's latest title charge, as he told the 'Realeza del Fútbol Latino' podcast: "I know I have the conditions to always play, but because of other people, I can not do it".

"I don't know if he's going to play for Real again", Zidane said of James in July - even more so now that he telegraph reported on talks between Los Blancos and Everton FC.

Since joining the Merseyside outfit in 2017, Keane had his best spell of games in Everton colours under Ancelotti towards the end of last season. Both have known and appreciated each other since their time together in Madrid.

James signed for Real Madrid in 2014 from Monaco in an initial six-year deal for around £71 million.

Last month, Ancelotti admitted his admiration for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot victor, but stressed that the rumours linking him with a move to Merseyside was mere transfer speculation. The deal is not yet through, but Ancelotti has already contacted James to convince him to switch to Toffees.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano also reported via Twitter that the talks were advanced.

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