The club treasurer of James Rodriguez’s first club Banfield has suggested that the Everton signed the Colombian playmaker on a free transfer this summer.
In a statement on the Banfield official website, Ignazio Uzquiza has made the comments which if to be believed are astounding.
His first club holds a cut of any transfer fee from the player’s transfer fees throughout his career.
Following Rodriguez switching from Real Madrid to Everton, Uzquiza has been in touch with FIFA but it would appear they are owed no money – indicating a free transfer.
He told the club’s official website: “After hearing the news of the transfer of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid to Everton, and with attention to the current FIFA regulation, the Club Atletico Banfield made the pertinent inquiries to find out if it was their responsibility to collect money through a solidarity mechanism.
“Unfortunately, because of the nature of James Rodriguez’s transfer from Real Madrid to Everton to Banfield, no money is due. The transaction was made at no cost as if he were a free player.”
This news would be astounding if true, with Everton already delighted with the performance of Rodriguez; despite just one game in the famous blue jersey.
During his time at Banfield, he scored 10 times and registered eight assists before earning a move to Europe with Porto.
Rodriguez has enjoyed a trophy-laden career, winning the Champions League twice and several other titles.
The Colombian claimed the Golden Boot at the World Cup in 2014 and although he’s lost his way in recent years, he’s still very capable.
With that in mind, landing a 29-year-old with lots still to offer a free transfer would seem amazing.
This setback would be a kick in the teeth for Banfield. If Everton have managed to get Rodriguez for free then what a steal by the Toffees.
The challenge for Carlo Ancelotti is to simply get Rodriguez firing on all cylinders once again; something which he’s already showing signs of doing.
During last weekend’s win over Tottenham, Rodriguez created the most chances during a Premier League debut since Alexis Sanchez in 2014.
Already it seems as though Ancelotti is working his magic. If the man with 76 caps for his country can start to fire, Everton could enjoy a quality campaign.