According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, the future of James Rodriguez is far from certain heading into the remainder of this month’s transfer window. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on loan from Spanish giants Real Madrid, although a lack of regular game time under new manager Niko Kovic has called his future at the Allianz Arena into question.
And reports suggest that Unai Emery’s Arsenal are eyeing up a move for the Colombia international this month, with reports suggesting that it may only cost the Gunners £3 million to sign the attacker on loan for the rest of the season.
And for such a lowly price, fellow Premier League outfit Everton should also be interested in Rodriguez, in what would without doubt represent Marcel Brands’ biggest Everton masterstroke of the lot were he to lure the 27-year-old to Goodison Park.
Ultimately, the Dutchman took over as director of football at the Merseyside outfit back in May before overseeing what many felt was a hugely successful and ambitious transfer window by the Toffees.
The likes of Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina, and Richarlison, the latter costing Everton a staggering £50 million, made the big money moves to Goodison Park in a bid to equip Silva with a seriously strong squad ready to compete with the Premier League’s top sides, while the loan additions of Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma further underlined the quality brought in by Brands during the window.
Clearly then, the former midfielder pulled off plenty of masterstrokes during the summer, with Richarlison, Digne, and Gomes in particular impressing, and luring Rodriguez to Goodison Park for a paltry £3 million would certainly represent another, and indeed the biggest of the lot.
The 27-year-old may have struggled for form and thus regular football at Bayern this season, but one simply cannot forget just how impressive he has been over the years since bursting onto the scene at the World Cup in Brazil back in 2014.
Rodriguez shone for his country in that tournament to thus earn a move to Real Madrid, where he has since netted 36 goals and laid on 40 assists in just 111 appearances, 17 goals and 18 assists coming in his first season at the Bernabeu back in 2014/15.
And with a direct contribution every 96 minutes for the European champions, it’s clear just how influential the 27-year-old has been in the final third for Real, although a lack of regular football saw him loaned to Bayern for two years back in 2017, where he has generally continued his fine form with eight goals and 14 assists in all competitions last term.
Yes, this season has been a struggle for Rodriguez, but it’s pretty clear just how talented an attacker he is given his previous efforts for Bayern, Real, and indeed Colombia – he’d no doubt be an asset to Everton boss Silva as his side seek to mount a push for European football.
Significantly, £3 million for a player of that quality, even if it would be just until the end of the season, is simply too good an opportunity to turn down – £3 million is nothing nowadays, yet it could get Everton the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner.
As such, it’s a deal Brands simply must seek to strike, as doing so would represent the biggest masterstroke of his time at Everton to date.
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