Ever­ton agree Ro­driguez deal in coup for Ancelotti

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football - Ex­clu­sive By Ja­son Burt CHIEF FOOT­BALL CORRESPOND­ENT

Ever­ton have agreed a deal to sign James Ro­driguez from Real Madrid, with an an­nounce­ment im­mi­nent.

The Colom­bian in­ter­na­tional will have his med­i­cal to­day on Mersey­side and then sign a three-year con­tract with the Premier League club, where he will be re­united with man­ager Carlo Ancelotti.

The terms of the deal are un­der­stood to have been fi­nalised yes­ter­day with no last-minute hitches ex­pected.

The Daily Tele­graph re­vealed last week that Ever­ton had held talks over a deal for Ro­driguez and were hope­ful of sign­ing him. The move rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant coup for Ever­ton and is un­doubt­edly the deal of the trans­fer win­dow so far.

Real have been de­mand­ing a fee of €25mil­lion (£22.3mil­lion) for the play­maker, who has just 10 months left on his con­tract. It is un­clear whether Ever­ton have agreed to meet this fee, but sources close to the deal have con­firmed a fi­nal ar­range­ment has been reached and it is now ex­pected to go ahead.

Sig­nif­i­cantly for Ever­ton, Ro­driguez is un­der­stood to be will­ing to take a sub­stan­tial pay cut to again play for Ancelotti, who has pushed for the sign­ing.

By join­ing Ever­ton, it is the third time Ro­driguez has played un­der Ancelotti, who was his coach at Real 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.

Even though Ro­driguez has had lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­cent sea­sons, his sta­tis­tics for goals and as­sists re­main im­pres­sive and it will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see how he adapts to the Premier League.

Ancelotti spoke to Ro­driguez last week – and again on Mon­day – to ex­plain his plans for the player and Ever­ton as he be­gins to re­build his team. Ro­driguez is de­ter­mined to re­vi­talise his ca­reer, which has flagged since he won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, which earned him his move to Real.

Ever­ton have re­warded An­thony Gor­don, 19, with a new five-year deal fol­low­ing his break­through into the se­nior side.

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