Everton’s interest in James Rodriguez has been detailed for some time and now reports over what a deal for the player would look like are beginning to emerge.
The interest from Everton appears to be clear. The Colombian is not wanted at Real Madrid and is a huge fan of Carlo Ancelotti. The pair worked together at Madrid and, albeit briefly, at Bayern Munich.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Everton have put a four-year contract offer on the table for the player.
That has been backed up by reports in Colombia. As reported by Antena2, Everton are set to offer the Colombian a competitive wage at Goodison Park, although it would still come in at half his current salary at the Bernabeu.
Everton are said to be offering a €4.5 million-a-year deal to the player, worth roughly £86,000-a-week. He is currently earning a reported £163,000-a-week at Real Madrid.
Everton would also need to negotiate a fee with Real Madrid, with the report suggesting he could leave on a free should he come to a suitable financial agreement with the Spanish club.
The hope is that the promise of regular football under a manager who clearly appreciated him in Ancelotti might convince Rodriguez to accept the relatively low wages on offer.
Everton fans will undoubtedly be hoping that this one-time world-beating superstar is brought to Goodison Park, especially at that wage, to help Ancelotti build a side worthy of a European battle.