James Rodriguez moves to Everton, says 'I do' to Ancelotti for the third time in his career
Teams have time added – until Oct 5 – to secure their signings, meaning of course that that will be the actual deadline Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund and Ed Woodward have to close the deal instead of some fantastical date set in the distant past by the German club demanding £108 million (S193.2m) for the signature of their England star.
One notable move while the window remains wide open is that of James Rodriguez, formerly enduring a very real struggle at Real Madrid where he featured in just one La Liga match since last October for the Spanish champions last season. The attacking midfielder has sealed a move to Merseyside – not to Liverpool, of course, but to their humble neighbours Everton, who finished 12th last season.
WATCH: Behind the scenes look at James Rodriguez signing for Everton
Rodriguez’s move to Everton – reportedly for £22 million – is the third time he has linked up with Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti, who was his boss when he moved from Monaco to Real in 2014/15 season, and then again when he moved to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan.
“I’m a winner, I’m a real winner. I think the seriousness and determination to win trophies can lead to silverware,” said the 29-year-old Colombian, who insisted that Ancelotti’s presence at Goodison Park is the reason for his confidence. We hope the Toffees will match his ambitions by winning the Carabao Cup next season, or if he’s really lucky, the FA Cup, or that he and his teammates can perform really brilliantly and do the double over neighbours Liverpool in the English Premier League.
Ancelotti’s acquisition of Rodriguez has shown that he enjoys keeping faith with former players, having signed Brazilian Allan for £21 million last week from Napoli, which he managed before he went to Everton.
WATCH: Allan’s first interview as an Everton player
Just a place below Everton last season was Newcastle, who also announced two signings – Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, both of whom would be relieved they will actually be playing in the Premier League and not just Photoshopped into the Magpies’ squad from relegated Bournemouth. Wilson cost the St James’ Park outfit £20 million, while Fraser arrived for free.
Meanwhile, as the world waits for Sancho stalemate to become resolved, we could see a few interesting moves in the month ahead.
Would Mesut Ozil finally move from Arsenal? The German World Cup-winner has no role in Mikel Arteta’s plans but seems happy to wait out the rest of his contract – with still a season left – on the bench and with his posterior placed on a nice fat weekly wage of £350,000. While the Gunners would love to get his monumental salary off their payroll, it’s unlikely any club would be as willing to take the load of the current league leaders. (Arsenal are at present top of the table alphabetically, as long as Ozil or anyone else hasn’t played.)
Would Jack Grealish go to Old Trafford? The English forward would relish a move, but would probably rue the fact that Aston Villa’s survival at the top flight last season means his price tag is prohibitive. He may need to spend at least half a season in the relegation fight as Manchester United continue to look to Sancho to strengthen their frontline.
Would Harry Kane remain in North London? The England captain would probably stand a better chance of winning the World Cup with his national team than the Premier League with the club he loves. However, a move to Manchester United may be a happier marriage for his talent and ambition. Or he could go to Real Madrid, and end up like Gareth Bale.
WATCH: All of Harry Kane’s EPL goals in 2019-2020
Would Gareth Bale return to the Premier League? The Welshman has two years left on his contract, and though the circumstances are hardly similar, the last La Liga superstar wanting to move to England had his hopes ending messily.
The answers to these questions, and more, on Oct 5. Stay tuned!