Colombian international playmaker James Rodriguez will leave Real Madrid this summer as part of a mass exodus, according to a report by Spanish outlet Marca.
They report that major changes are afoot at the Bernabeu and Rodriguez, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, will move on again this summer.
According to a report from another Spanish outlet, Don Balon, Everton are among the club’s interested in the midfielder this summer.
Therefore, this latest report should have given Marco Silva greater encouragement that a deal can be done, as he seeks to consolidate an eighth place finish.
Everton may be wary of stocking their squad with too many number 10s after that proved to be Ronald Koeman’s downfall at the start of the 2017/18 season.
But Rodriguez has elite quality if it can be unlocked on a regular basis and the Toffees have already felt the benefit of loans from La Liga in the shape of Andre Gomes this term.
There may well be competition for his signature, but Everton should do all they can to muscle to the front of the queue for a man who lit up the 2014 World Cup but has struggled to make an impact on a consistent basis since.