Real Madrid outcast desperate to join Everton to play under Ancelotti
Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez is so desperate to join Everton that he is willing to slash his £140,000-a-week wages, according to reports in Spain.
The Toffees have leapfrogged Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to land the Colombian midfielder after he was frozen out at Real Madrid by Zinedine Zidane.
The 29-year-old is so keen to play under Carlo Ancelotti once again that he is willing to slash his massive wages. Ancelotti wants to reunite with the Colombian playmaker having managed him at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
The former Chelsea coach remarked: "James Rodriguez? I like him, I like him a lot as a player. When I left Madrid, James Rodriguez followed me to Munich. He came to play. But he followed me as a rumour to Napoli and now he is following me here to Everton as a rumour. I have to be honest, I like him a lot. But he is a Real Madrid player. I think he will still be a Real Madrid player."
The former FC Porto star has just 12 months left on his contract at the Bernabeu and is free to leave this summer. According to reports in England, Everton have launched an offer of around £22million and the two clubs are on the verge of coming to an agreement.
Rodriguez will be Ancelotti's first marquee signing at Goodison Park as he looks to improve on the club's 12th place finish. He is likely to sign a three-year deal as he looks to reignite his stalled career, with Real Madrid desperate to flog a host of deadwood.
Everton have spent a lot in the transfer market in recent seasons. But, only a few have turned out to be exceptional on the pitch and this has hampered their advances towards the upper half of the Premier League table.
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