James Rodriguez is very close to completing a move to Carlo Ancelotti‘s Everton.
The Italian coach has been key in convincing the Real Madrid midfielder and, while negotiations are not yet closed, they are on the right track.
An agreement could be closed between Everton and Real Madrid for a fee between 25 and 30 million euros.
Ancelotti got the best out of James in a Real Madrid shirt during the 2014/15 season, while the 61-year-old also brought the playmaker to Bayern Munich on a loan deal in 2017.
The relationship between Ancelotti and James is strong, which is why the 29-year-old has given the green light to move to Everton ahead of other options he had on the table.
James stated in an interview with a Mexican media outlet last week that his priority is to leave Real Madrid for a club where he would be happy and have the trust of his coach.
Should the deal be completed, Real Madrid will have sold a player who was not in Zinedine Zidane‘s plans and was beginning to become a problem as the poor relationship between the Frenchman and the Colombian came to light.
Los Blancos‘ next priority in terms of sales will be Gareth Bale, but it will be a lot more difficult to get the Welshman out of the club.
While James wants to play and has at least welcomed talks with other teams, Bale would rather cling to his contract and state that he’s not going anywhere.
And besides, there are no offers for Bale.