Many Everton fans have been reacting to a piece of transfer news coming from Banfield, a football club for whom James Rodriguez has previously played, as their treasurer Igancio Uzquiza has claimed that his transfer from Real Madrid was for free.
According to his comments (translated from Spanish):
“Unfortunately, because of James Rodriguez’s pass from Real Madrid to Everton to Banfield, no money is due. The transaction was made at no cost, as if it were a free player. The pertinent consultations have already been made to the two clubs involved and to the corresponding organisations. In all cases they confirmed to us that the club will not receive money as a solidarity mechanism.”
Indeed, it is a quite the coup from Carlo Ancelotti’s team if indeed they have managed to bring the Colombian international to Goodison Park on a free transfer from Zinedine Zidane’s side.
The current market value of Rodriguez is £28.8m (as per Transfermarkt) and so getting him for free now looks like an absolute steal, if indeed that is the case.
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The 29-year old is a statement signing from the Toffees given his previous pedigree in world football, as he has two Champions League titles as well as several other major trophies to his name (via Transfermarkt).
These Everton supporters on Twitter lapped up the claim, with one fan remarking that the business to get Rodriguez in on a free is ‘incredible’ and another describing it as a feather in the cap of director of football Marcel Brands:
@kieswacker1 this makes it one the deals of the summer
— chris anderson (@chrisando1985) September 17, 2020
👍 Amazing if it’s true.
— Danny Burke (@kingdanthebrave) September 17, 2020
Maybe some creative deal? Either way it’s been good business 💙
— C (@chughs67) September 17, 2020
— Rees (@ReesJones99) September 17, 2020
Steal or what 🤣🤣🤣
— VARcelotti (@jpefc89) September 17, 2020
Thats absolutely incredible
— Biggen (@JohnTul00025865) September 17, 2020
A feather in Brands cap.✌️
— Jeffrey martin (@georgethedog097) September 17, 2020
Best free ever !!!
— Ayman (@chilemjh) September 17, 2020
Evertonians, is Rodriguez the signing of the summer if, as claimed, it was on a free transfer? Comment below with your views!
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