James Rodriguez is closing in on a switch to Everton after agreeing a ‘substantial wage cut’ to move to the Premier League.
The Colombia international is set to become the club’s first major signing of the summer after agreeing to move to Merseyside from Real Madrid, the midfielder set to reunite with Carlo Ancelotti for a third time after previously working under the manager in both Madrid and at Bayern Munich.
Rodriguez’s arrival is a significant coup for Everton and is evidence of the pull of Ancelotti at Goodison Park, with the Telegraph reporting that the 29-year-old has taken a significantly reduced wage to work with the Italian once more as he bids to reignite a career that has faltered in recent seasons.
Rodriguez became one of the world’s most expensive players when moving to Real Madrid six years ago, but he has fallen out-of-favour in recent campaigns, spending two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich before returning to play a peripheral role under Zinedine Zidane last term.
Ancelotti will hope that the Colombian can thrive in a new-look Everton side next season and add a sprinkling of creativity to a midfield that has lacked inspiration of late, Rodriguez a proven performer at the highest level having won seven league titles across spells in Portugal, Spain and Germany.
The Spanish giants had reportedly been demanding a fee in the region of €25m for a player who has entered the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, but it is unclear whether Everton have matched that asking price or agreed a deal at a reduced fee.
Everton’s deal for Rodriguez was confirmed by journalist, Fabrizio Romano, who also provided an update on the club’s pursuits of Napoli’s Allan and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Everton updates. 🔵 #EFC
– The board is planning medicals for Allan [done deal].
– Last details completed and green light arrived from Real Madrid for James Rodriguez, confirmed and here-we-go! 🚨
– Talks progressing with Watford to sign also Doucouré [personal terms agreed].
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2020
The Toffees are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for Napoli midfielder Allan, Ancelotti having identified the Brazil international as a player who can help revamp his side.
The 29-year-old has been a key figure for the Neapolitan outfit for the past five seasons but fell out-of-favour under Gennaro Gattuso last season, Allan now set to undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move.
Meanwhile, talks are also believed to be progressing with relegated Watford over a deal for Doucoure, the Frenchman keen to remain in the top flight after the Hornets’ drop into the Championship.
The fee remains a sticking point at present, however, Watford believed to be demanding around £35m for the dynamic box-to-box talent who is also believed to be attracting interest from Monaco.