Everton are said to be interested in signing Adrien Rabiot again, in a move which could well spell trouble for current midfielder, James Rodriguez.
The Colombian midfielder has gone off the boil a bit in recent months. After an explosive start to life as a Toffees player, his performance levels have dipped below what he can produce due to a number of issues.
Everton’s own patchy form at times, coupled with a few injury niggles, means ‘James’ has often come off the pitch having not quite lived up to his own very high standards.
To add to those struggle, Defensa Central claimed this week that Rodriguez is not settled in England. Talk of a move back to Spain, this time with Atletico Madrid, is now being mentioned.
And with Everton interested in Rabiot, it could well be the final nail in the coffin that ensures Rodriguez doesn’t stay at Goodison Park for the long term.
Rabiot and James both on huge contracts, Everton won’t pay both
The Daily Mail claims Rabiot is once again a target for Everton. It comes as a follow up to summer interest, where Carlo Ancelotti was said to be very keen on landing the Frenchman.
Everton are not averse to paying their players good money if it’s warranted. However, James is said to be on around £140k-a-week (a figure he took a cut on to join the Toffees), while Rabiot is on £6m a season, or £120k-a-week, in Turin.
Given the increasing money spent in recent seasons, coupled with the pandemic hitting clubs hard financially, it’s hard to see the Toffees stumping up money for both Rodriguez’s and Rabiot’s wages, and the £26m fee to land the Frenchman.
While both players are different in style, the emerging reports of James being unhappy, coupled with reignited interest in Rabiot, would suggest we won’t be seeing both in Everton blue next season.