James Rodriguez
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Everton are on the verge of signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. In fact, by the time you read this the midfielder, who announced himself to the world in 2014 during the World Cup, could have already signed a three year deal that will link him up with manager Carlo Ancelotti for the third time.

Rodriguez scored a goal in every game during Columbia’s 2014 World Cup run that ultimately ended with a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the Quarterfinals. It put the footballing world on notice and earned him a big-money move to Real Madrid from Monaco, where he had only spent one season.

The dream move turned into a nightmare though as he failed to live up to expectations and was loaned out to Bayern Munich for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

The move to Everton will reunite James Rodriguez with a manager in Carlo Ancelotti who believes in him, which may just help the Columbian midfielder flourish. Ancelotti tried to sign the midfielder during his time at Napoli in Serie A, but was unsuccessful. At the time he was quoted as saying:

We’re still talking for James, a player that I really like. I’m very attached to James, I rate him very highly and he can certainly improve our team. He doesn’t need to re-announce himself, he’s a great player.”

The fee is rumored to be in the £25 million range and the midfielder will likely take a hefty pay cut from his Madrid wages to once again play for Ancelotti. At 29 years old could Rodriguez reignite the form of 2014 or are Everton signing a player who has his best years behind him? Only time will tell but there is no doubt it is a huge coup for the Merseyside club. It is also a sample of the type of player a coach of Ancelotti’s reputation can attract.

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