Everton close to sealing deal as Rodriguez skips Real training
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.”