Report: Everton closing in on James Rodriguez; Ancelotti factor could be key

Simon Butterfield August 26, 2020
Report: Everton closing in on James Rodriguez; Ancelotti factor could be key
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According to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Everton are closing in on a transfer coup by landing Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.

Romano states that Real and Everton are entering advanced negotiations for a transfer which could be completed in the next few days.

He states that Carlo Ancelotti has personally reached out to James in a bid to convince him that Goodison Park is the best move for his career.

James Rodriguez is in need of a change

Once amongst the most exciting talents in the world, Rodriguez’s career has stalled somewhat in recent times.

As he enters the final year of his contract in Madrid, it is clear that he has no future at the Bernabeu.

The Spanish giants are said to be keen to offload James now rather than suffer the indignity of seeing him leave for free at the end of the season.

While Everton would seem a slightly unlikely next stop for the 29-year-old, it seems that the Ancelotti effect may be significant.

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Ancelotti factor may prove pivotal

Italian tactician Ancelotti has worked with Rodriguez twice during his career to date at Real Madrid and at Bayern Munich.

Having missed out on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, swooping for Rodriguez would be a welcome tonic and a huge statement of intent.

Despite his recent struggles, James has a fearsome record statistically.

As Whoscored, points out, since arriving at Monaco in 2013, he has been involved in 106 goals in 162 games in Europe’s top five leagues, which equates to a goal or an assist every 102 minutes.

Everton could certainly use that kind of final product and he would represent the kind of player that Ancelotti can lure who would never normally consider joining the Toffees.

Fans will have to keep their ears to the ground for news with developments likely to emerge shortly, but for now many will be hoping they can shortly buy their James Rodriguez Everton shirt.

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