Ever­ton close to seal­ing deal as Ro­driguez skips Real train­ing

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Ja­son Burt

Ever­ton are close to sign­ing Real Madrid’s James Ro­driguez, who was given per­mis­sion not to train with his club yes­ter­day in an at­tempt to sort out his fu­ture.

The Daily Tele­graph re­vealed last week that the Premier League club had held talks over a deal for Ro­driguez, in what would be the coup of the trans­fer win­dow so far.

It is un­der­stood that those talks have re­mained pos­i­tive and are now close to be­ing con­cluded, with Ever­ton in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing the play­maker.

It is hoped that Ro­driguez will un­dergo a med­i­cal this week, with an an­nounce­ment of a per­ma­nent trans­fer, ex­pected to be on a three­year con­tract, to fol­low quickly.

The 29-year-old has just 10 months left on his con­tract at Real, who are de­mand­ing a fee even though Ro­driguez is sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

Real have asked for about €25 mil­lion (£22.3 mil­lion) and al­though Ever­ton have been hop­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a lower price, the val­u­a­tion is not thought to be a deal-breaker.

Sig­nif­i­cantly for Ever­ton, Ro­driguez is un­der­stood to be will­ing to take a sub­stan­tial pay cut to be re­united with man­ager Carlo Ancelotti, who has been in­stru­men­tal in ne­go­ti­a­tions.

If he joins Ever­ton it will be the third time that Ro­driguez has

Pay cut: James Ro­driguez is will­ing to take a drop in wages to make a move to Ever­ton played un­der Ancelotti, who was his coach at Real Madrid in his first sea­son with the club in 2014-15 – af­ter he joined from Monaco for £63mil­lion – and took him on loan to Bay­ern Mu­nich.

Ancelotti spoke to Ro­driguez last week to ex­plain his plans for the player and Ever­ton, where his first sign­ing as man­ager will be the Brazil­ian mid­fielder Al­lan – who he also pre­vi­ously worked with at Napoli – af­ter a deal worth €25mil­lion plus €2.6 mil­lion in add-ons was struck with the Ital­ian club.

Aure­lio De Lau­ren­tiis, the Napoli chair­man, told Ra­dio Kiss Kiss Napoli: “We are at the fi­nal farewell. Al­lan will go to Ever­ton.”

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