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Report: Everton man Rodriguez refusing to budge on wage demands

James Rodriguez refused to budge on his wage demands to seal a deadline day exit from Everton, according to The Athletic.

The player was of interest to Porto, who would have sent Luiz Diaz in the opposite direction.

However, the Colombian did not want to change his £200k-per-week plus wage demands.

No compromise was met and the attacker will now stay at the club until at least January.

But Rodriguez faces a massive issue with Rafa Benitez having made it clear he’s not in his plans.

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Just 12 months ago, the former Real Madrid man was arriving on Merseyside to massive fanfare. He had his image projected onto the side of buildings as the Toffees thought they landed a coup.

12 months on and he has been made surplus to requirements and is yet to feature in any fixture this season.

Everton need to find a solution

Retaining a player you do not want is always a bad thing. But, keeping a player you don’t want who is on massive wages is far worse.

With the Turkish and Portuguese windows still open, there is still a chance the 30-year-old departs this summer.

And getting rid of Rodriguez should be a primary concern to Everton amid his wage demands. It will prove difficult, however, the club may have to contribute to the cause.

Otherwise, the Blues face being in a similar situation to Arsenal. The Gunners were paying shed loads to Mesut Ozil, who did not even play a single game in the first half of the season.

The nightmare only ended with Arsenal having continually paid off the majority of his £350k-per-week wage.

So, while Everton will probably look to offload the South American without cost, it will prove difficult. They may need to cut their losses and offer to pay part of his wages.

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