Everton ‘signed James Rodriguez for FREE’ after Real Madrid decided to get his £140k-a-week wages off their books… but Bernabeu club ‘will get a share of any future transfer fee’
- Colombian James Rodriguez completed his move from Real Madrid to Everton
- Rodriguez, 29, will work under manager Carlo Ancelotti for the third time
- Reports in Spain say Real agreed to transfer him to Merseyside for no fee
- Bernabeu club were reportedly keen to get his salary off their balance sheet
- But Real will take a chunk of transfer fee should Everton sell Rodriguez on
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder completed his move from the Bernabeu to Goodison Park on Tuesday, signing a two-year contract with the option for a further season.
It sees Rodriguez link up with manager Carlo Ancelotti for the third time, having played under the Italian at both Real and Bayern Munich.
James Rodriguez completed his transfer from Real Madrid to Everton earlier this week
The Colombian attacking midfielder will play under Carlo Ancelotti for the third time
The transfer fee was understood to be around £20million but reports by fichajes.com, via Sport, suggest that actually Real allowed Rodriguez to depart for nothing.
The Spanish champions reportedly agreed to the deal in order to get his £140,000-a-week wages off the balance sheet and because he was out of contract next summer anyway.
The same reports in Spain say, however, that Real would be due a percentage of any future sale should Rodriguez leave Goodison Park.
Real compromised on their original ambition to sell the player for a substantial transfer fee after realising there wasn’t the market amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Colombian’s time with Real Madrid turned into something of a nightmare in recent years
Reports in Spain suggest Real gave Rodriguez to Everton for nothing to offload his wages
Having spent two seasons out on loan at Bayern Munich, the Colombian suffered an injury-disrupted 2019-20 campaign, playing just 14 times for Zinedine Zidane’s team.
He has now become the headline signing of Everton’s summer window as the Toffees aim to improve on their 12th-place finish in last season’s Premier League.
Ancelotti could hand Rodriguez, who has taken the No 19 shirt, his debut when Everton head to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.