According to reports in Merseyside, The Toffees have signed James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The Colombian international signed a two-year deal with option for another third, reuniting the attacker with his favorite manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The deal that has sent waves across the football world. Gary Linekar tweeted that It has been a long time since a World Cup top scorer played for the club. Former Man United midfielder Anderson opines that James as a brand is bigger than Everton. While fellow international team mates Rademel Falcao wished James all the best with his new team.
Ancelloti signed the player for Real Madrid after he had an excellent 2014 World Cup campaign for Colombia where he won the golden boot of the tournament. They both also worked together briefly at Bayern Munich.
Rodriguez did not enjoy consistency in Madrid. He was sent on a two-year loan to Bayern Munich in 2017. The World Cup Golden Boot winner performed well during his two-year loan stint with the Bravarian, but no permanent approach was made. He featured sparingly last season, playing in just eight La Liga games for Real during the 2019-2020 title season and his move to Everton offers him the chance to redeem a dwindling career.
Everton tried to sign James during the transfer window but no deal materialized as the Toffees were not ready to meet the asking price for the player. Madrid finally agreed to sell for €25 million – five million less than what they wanted during the winter transfer window.
James showed his appreciation to his new club and their fans during his unveiling as he looks forward to helping them challenging for honours.