Rodriguez worked under Ancelotti at Bayern Munich where he was on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and was apparently targeted by the Italian while he was Napoli manager.
Now 28, the Colombian World Cup star is valued at around €43m and is due to return to Real this coming summer.
Italian journalist Nicolò Schira, who was prolific in tweeting the details of Everton's acquisition of Ancelotti earlier this month, says that the club is already in talks with agent Jorge Mendes about a possible deal.
Original Source: El Desmarque via MailSport
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1 Posted 30/12/2019 at 17:31:16
2 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:02:44
I consider it highly unlikely that he'd opt for even a loan to a club that has zero presence in Europe, but if he did decide that five months with Carlo was what he needed, it would change the world for us. This would be the most physically talented player to pull on an Everton shirt in 50 years.
3 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:08:31
Now with Ancelotti on board it could actually happen... Just Saying
4 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:13:02
5 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:13:02
6 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:15:09
But as a loan... maybe, just maybe.
7 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:18:00
8 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:19:08
Agree, on loan may be a good move, given the present situation. Useful in a Sigds type of position.
9 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:23:27
10 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:26:25
With the work that they are expected to do it makes sense to have depth in that department.
Looking back on Silva's season he may have been unlucky when Gbamin, Gomes and Bernard all got crocked around the same time so who knows what plans of Silva's were scuppered.
That's water under the bridge now and the new gaffer will get his own plans in motion when he has all the squad fit but he may need that extra experience and class to come in now.
11 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:45:05
12 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:48:51
Me too, Rabiot at 24 would make more sense, maybe initially on loan until the summer and see how it works out.
13 Posted 30/12/2019 at 18:50:09
If there's anything in this, it'll be a cheeky loan with a view to purchase in the next financial year.
14 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:29:15
Too old for Brands but Delph wasn't? Yeah right. Besides what does Brands have to do with it? I doubt CA would have become manager if Brands had a veto on any players he may want. I'm sure he'll be choosing his own buys whether Brands likes it or not.
@ Mike 6
As for him being outside of our budget or too big a player for us. I see that as thinking small. CA was supposedly too big a manager for us but we got him. We have no way of knowing what budget CA has been given and if we can sign players from Barca such as Mina, Digne and Gomes we can certainly sign players from Real Madrid as well. We have to stop thinking we're not worthy. Any player we bid for should be honoured that Everton are interested in them not the other way around.
The only problem I would see is that having Gomes and Gbamin out until near the end of the season adding another midfield player would give us a surfeit of them come the summer so maybe the loan suggestion might not be a bad idea. Then we can see where the land lies in the summer.
15 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:33:52
16 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:40:27
I think the January window will bring in reinforcement to the midfield and possibly another centre half, Rojo is still clicking his heals at Utd and I expect him to be a possibility, again as he was wanted by Brands but will Carlo feel the same ?
17 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:56:48
18 Posted 30/12/2019 at 19:57:24
19 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:03:00
20 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:10:11
21 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:28:37
22 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:31:35
Good to be linked with such a player such as James, but as many have mentioned for various reasons, the last 5 years have been disappointing for him overall.
Id think if, and a big if, that any players that come in, would see some if not more players going out, so if we got two in, we could see two, three, even more exit Goodison Park.
But may be this window will provide insight on the transfer process to come and who, whom is in control.
I see Carlos, knowledge and nous of the game and players will be the driver for Marcel Brands to do the business, and buy those players.
Early days, miles to go, but the best Ive felt above Everton from a playing perspective for donkies years, this time the club will see success and win a trophy.
23 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:38:19
24 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:49:26
By next season Id like to see:
Rabiot, Rojo, Rodriguez, Sidibe, & Werner (I can dream)
Tosun, Niasse, Walcott, Schneiderlin, Bolasie
25 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:55:00
Frank #14, it's just being realistic. We are who we are, and at the moment who we are is a club with zero chance of being in the Champions League, where this player is accustomed to playing. Mina, Digne and Gomes were reserves who were in no demand from other clubs. James is in an entirely different category.
Andrew #18, nobody ever considered Poborsky a superstar, and his 2006 WC was a disaster, so not a good comparison.
Grant #15, you're right, and I forgot about Royston Drenthe too!
Anyway, this all appears to be academic... RM and Zidane have both stepped up in the past day to say James is staying.
26 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:56:11
27 Posted 30/12/2019 at 20:58:18
Also a bit shocked that James is already 28, although his breakthrough came at the 2014 World Cup, so it makes sense.
28 Posted 30/12/2019 at 21:19:44
For your reference, the World Cup in 2006 was poborsky at 34years old . a year before he retired so yes he was done then, thats pretty obvious.
29 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:19:40
Rabiot on the other hand Id take all day long.
30 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:29:23
Ancelotti will still consult with Brands and take account of the existing transfer p!an. The fact that it is the January transfer I can 't see Everton committing to such to a purchase. They are also nearing their Uefa limits, ref Paul the Esk, and as Mike says such a purchase would be too big.
Ancelotti has had Rodriguez out in loan before and such a plan would adequately cover the injury uncertainties you mention, while maintaining Evertons overall plan is developing youth, similar to home growth players and those recently transferred in. Delph was purchased in the Summer Transfer window as extra cover in midfield and has been good value for money so far.
31 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:42:31
32 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:55:19
James by comparison came into WC 2014 as the anointed Next Big Thing based on his Colombia performances in qualifying, and he won the WC Golden Boot, was second for the Golden Ball and scored the World Goal of the Year in that tournament.
I stand by my statement that there's no comparison at all.
33 Posted 30/12/2019 at 22:58:59
Damn sure I've got south american dna I was absolutely fabulous at togger even turned down Shankly's scout because I was waiting for Everton.
Never came and look what happened!!
34 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:01:10
Interesting that the Mail reports Everton have reached out to Rabiot's agent/mom. She was once very public about her disrespect for Ancelotti.
35 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:04:51
Barry, not all of 'em, and we seem to collect the ones that can't... Funes Mori, Jo, Segundo Castillo, the Straq, etc. etc.
36 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:19:51
2 year loan deal at Bayern yet they didnt buy him? Strange seeing as he is such a world beater.
37 Posted 30/12/2019 at 23:24:56
We need a Kante, Gueye or Ndombele type to at least help out defensively.
38 Posted 30/12/2019 at 00:12:02
Zouma is a recent example, he was great second half of last season but perhaps we would have been better off in the long run playing Holgate. Holgate has now caused us short term pain, no doubt, but he has come through and now a regular for us, saved us millions and will probably make us millions too and better still, potentially a great footballer for us.
Contrary I suppose to this argument is Lukaku but I still think loaning “is problematic, particularly when listing established players.
39 Posted 31/12/2019 at 00:23:43
I've also no problem with going against, in the short term, Brands's buy young and cheap, sell dear, medium to long term plan...you have to be flexible.
Ancelotti will be given, especially in this honeymoon period, pretty much what he wants within reason...for now.
40 Posted 31/12/2019 at 01:00:39
To me Zouma, Gomes and Rom are examples of loan players who helped us win a lot of games. Rom and Gomes signed aboard, Zouma didn't, but all helped put wins in the bank and money in our pockets. Sidibe is another example of a loan-to-buy that appears, in early days, to be working out great.
And to me Rabiot and James are both players who could ignite our season for five months and put us back in European contention, even if they had no interest in staying long-term.
41 Posted 31/12/2019 at 01:42:44
42 Posted 31/12/2019 at 01:58:46
Ancelotti has obviously made some important tactical adjustments and may be a genius in getting his instructions across to the players but I dont think we can say the last couple of results are due to his coaching influence because he simply hasnt had the time.
Some percentage has to be down to the players being inspired by what Ancelotti can do in the future in terms of bringing in reinforcements and some may simply be players understanding they are in real danger of being ousted if they dont perform.
I dont expect a mass influx but some early examples of that extra drawing power may be of important positive psychological impact. Its up to Ancelotti and Brands to make sure any short-term changes dont have a long-term destabilising effect.
43 Posted 31/12/2019 at 02:29:41
44 Posted 31/12/2019 at 02:29:41
45 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:06:59
The kid has talent, there's no question. Did he underperform after his barn-storming WC? Yes.
Is he worth a five month punt?
Ahhhh. that's where I draw the line:
Rabiot and James are both players who could ignite our season for five months and put us back in European contention, even if they had no interest in staying long-term.
Carlo's here. Our ambition seemingly is large. BUT!
I don't want to turn into a club that hires mercenaries. Short-term fix dudes who don't give a shit about the Club can just stay away.
Mike, big-time Americanism: Team Chemistry.
Nebulous, invaluable, creates Champions every time.
Focus on the Club ethos and Chemistry, the rest will follow.
No for me with James, no matter how wonderful a footballer he can be.
46 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:13:54
I think the premier league would eat him up.
Rabiot. Where do I sign?
47 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:38:41
I'm with you on this, Rodriguez is on another level to what we may be able to bring in and his quality would show immediately I'm sure.
It is ridiculous that you are having to justify the chance ( fictitious or not) of bringing him in, Arron Mooy ( a good solid type) is a better player apparently?
Rodriguez scored a goal in the 2014 world cup that I would describe as perfection, it was a work of athletic art. To see him at Goodison would be an incredibly exciting thing for the fans, Landon Donovan wasn't considered much before he came to Everton and is always overlooked when fans reminisce about technically brilliant players, I thought he was brilliant on both occasions and his quality instantly stood out, Rodriguez would be the same.
I would have to disagree though Mike with your claim that he would be the best ( technically) player of the last 50 yrs, That is some statement.
Even through our lean years I would have to say Beardsley + Kankelskis match him and Rooney was better.
48 Posted 31/12/2019 at 05:32:05
Medial Collateral Ligament Injury 38 days 8 games
Unknown Injury 10 days 3 games
Calf Injury 18 days 1 games
Calf Problems 21 days 4 games
Adductor problems 5 days 1 games
Ruptured knee ligament 41 days 8 games
Cold 4 days 1 games
Ankle problems 13 days 2 games
Calf Injury 33 days - games
Calf Problems 18 days 3 games
Fitness 0 days - games
Rest 4 days 1 games
Concussion 3 days - games
Back trouble 3 days 1 games
Hamstring Injury 25 days 4 games
(last two ish years)
A loan would be a statement of some intent but not what it was 6/7 years ago when he was the hottest next thing. I'm still for it if the price is right.
49 Posted 31/12/2019 at 06:05:57
James didn't become the generational dominator that was predicted because he never learned to impose control on a game himself (a la Messi) or make his teammates better around him, but his physical skills remain off the charts.
Jamie #45, my beloved Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years with a four-month rental of a relief pitcher who pitched his arm off, drank the champagne and then turned right around and went back to the Yankees after the season. Like every Cub fan on earth, I have a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Do I care he was a rental? Fuck, no... no more than the Toronto fans cared that their first NBA title came from temporarily employing Kawhi Leonard.
Team Chemistry for me was 1.4 million people in Grant Park in Chicago celebrating our championship. So would a parade through downtown Liverpool with the FA Cup. And if a guy just passing through town could help make that happen, I'd be all for it. Come on, please don't tell me you wouldn't put aside all that "ethos" talk just to have him in our starting lineup for that little dance at Mordor next Sunday. Of course you would.
50 Posted 31/12/2019 at 06:52:23
That way the player has an idea if the move and the team are suited to him, and also the Club know if he will be a major contributor in the future plans.
I'm pretty confident that between Brands and Carlo, they wouldn't be held to ransom over a players fee after a successful loan spell.
51 Posted 31/12/2019 at 07:06:14
Right now thanks to Dunc n Carlo we are only 10 points off 4th place. There is still half a season left so plenty of points to win. He would be a great addition to the squad.
Who was the last January loan signing, Lacina Traore? He was a cracker
52 Posted 31/12/2019 at 09:52:44
I'm sure this is the nearest we will get to a J Rodrigues in the team.
53 Posted 31/12/2019 at 10:56:00
I would still like players like Rabiot and Rodriguez, initially on loan to see if they would improve us, and that they would equally be happy to either stay or return if it didn't work out.
I know it's early days but the Premiership apart from Liverpool, who have been very lucky with VAR etc, is pretty open, and if we continue to progress as we are doing, a top 6 spot is not beyond a possibility.
54 Posted 31/12/2019 at 11:08:21
I think another CB and CM cover is far more likely. And useful.
55 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:23:43
56 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:41:51
As for Rabiot, well Juventus' midfield is chocked full of quality players so no doubt it'll be impossible to keep them all happy but he's actually started the last 3 games so not sure how serious he is about moving, or whether this is just a tactic to get more game time. He only moved there in the summer. Can't see this one happening.
57 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:16:46
58 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:58:33
As mentioned on a previous post, I like Rabiot, Zielinski another good option as is Doucoure. I like Sigurdsson (sort of, sometimes) but if James Rodriguez was coming, it would and should spell the end for our unpredictable Icelander.
59 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:40:31
I like him and I think we need a left-footed winger/attacking midfielder to add some balance so for me if we could get him on loan until June then sign him for around £20m with a year left on his Real contract I think he's worth it.
We won't get Rabiot, he's still in his 1st year at Juvé plus do we really want a player with such a disruptive mindset? Zeilinksi is an ever present at Napoli for now but is another approaching the last year of his contract... one for the summer?
Watford will want around £40m for Doucouré and for me he's not worth it.
60 Posted 01/01/2020 at 01:15:53
From 2013-17, Lukaku was on the books at Everton and clearly he valued his time at Goodison Park very much.
As part of a two-post message, he said of the Toffees: “Looking back I owe that club so much, they gave me a chance and belief at 20 years old and I truly enjoyed my time there. The fans are amazing and it was a pleasure to play for such great club.”
61 Posted 01/01/2020 at 06:14:47
As for DM we are still waiting to see what Gbamin can do.
In defence Id maybe look to swap Keane for another more commanding centre back.
Other than that maybe Ancelotti can get more from Walcott and Schneiderlin as he appears to have galvanised the rest of them. To be confirmed on our next few games, of course.
62 Posted 01/01/2020 at 08:21:39
63 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:16:00
64 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:30:23
65 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:30:30
Why not a loan player who helps the team improve, and then moves on when hes done exactly what he was brought in to do?
Everton had such a player at the start of the 80s, and because the club was that skint, the fans actually had a whip-round, to try and get the money to sign Terry Curren. (The club was that brassic, that they didnt have £100.000 to sign a player, but the skint Bill Kenwright was our saviour!)
Anyway once the team started improving and Curren was eventually signed, he very rarely made the team, such was the improvement in the players around him!
Happy new year to every Evertonian, lets hope Ancellotti can get us up the league and take us to Wembley!
66 Posted 01/01/2020 at 09:42:09
67 Posted 01/01/2020 at 10:34:21
Things don't always pan out, but this squad has a number of players of a very good age that hasn't been the situation since the better Moyes days - yes Martinez had Stones, Lukuku, Barkley and Gerry D were young - but the rest of the squad was old and it was soon broken up by big bids.
It didn't feel like it 12 months ago, but Dom and Holgate, change the situation a fair bit. Davies could make the grade with strong coaching cutting out giving the ball away cheaply.
Pickford, Digne, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Davies, Iwobi, Richarlison, Gbamin, Gomes, Kean, Calvert Lewin.
Kenny, Bernard, Gibson, Gordon
Delph, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Coleman, Baines, Lossl.
Stekelenburg, Keane, Tosun, Niasse, Bolasie, Martina, Dowell, Pennington, Besic, Garbutt, Tarashaj, Sandro, Bowler, Connolly, Benningme.
Critical areas to strengthen
A left sided centre back is a must for me.
Centre midfield is a problem, but how many clubs see both their first choice centre midfielders lose an entire season?
I like Richarlison, Kean and Dom as our striker options long term - but we lack younger legs on the wing. Another striker would impact their ability to grow in my opinion, and is a gamble to go with two 22 year olds and a 19 year old in chasing Europe.
68 Posted 01/01/2020 at 10:45:53
69 Posted 01/01/2020 at 10:52:07
The Daily Tory (31st December) "Everton in pole position to sign James Rodriguez"
Don't believe the hype.
70 Posted 01/01/2020 at 14:28:02
71 Posted 02/01/2020 at 12:21:16
However, Don Carlo and Marcel might be able to make him an offer he cannot refuse and get him in.
On the plus side, Rabiot is everything we need. He's tall, powerful, quick, great technique, great range of passing. He would solve a lot of problems in helping us both retain the ball better and also getting the ball up the pitch well. He'd have been a perfect holding midfielder for Silva in a 433, but he is on record as saying he does not like being a holding midfielder. He's able to play as a 6, or an 8 or even a 10. He's just a great box-to-box midfielder in a similar way to Pogba.
But like Pogba, he's a troubled man. All his downsides point to either a lack of intellect or a lack of maturity. This is the lad who ran his contract down at PSG and was frozen out. His mum is his agent and seems a right character (putting it diplomatically!) and this time last year he had agreed to join Barcelona on a Bosman in the summer according to paper talk. This turned out not to be true, but Barcelona were interested. Instead he went to Juve and it has not worked out.
Carlo Ancelotti has been called the "Diva whisperer", so perhaps Ancelotti is the man to get Rabiot's career back on track, if he comes to Everton, and if Ancelotti can do just that, then as above, he answers so many of our problems and enables us to then start thinking about improving the side with quality additions to take us into top 4 contention (although we might need a good 4 or 5 to do just that). With just Rabiot, I think we can get after the top 6 with this squad this season.
Obligatory YouTube video: Link
72 Posted 02/01/2020 at 14:33:44
73 Posted 02/01/2020 at 16:54:02
74 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:02:47
Honestly think two quality footballers would transform our team, so lets just hope we find the right fit.
75 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:14:08
We cannot afford to buy badly now, but buy we must because that was very sobering against City.
76 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:57:25
Maybe Im wrong, but hopefully our players had one eye on Sunday, and of course we want better players, but two would definitely do for starters Tony, especially in midfield and out wide, the two areas that we lack real craft.
We had Sigurdsson looking pedestrian, Davies trying hard but lacking quality, Sidibe not looking like a natural wide man, and Richarlison on his knees, with only Delph really looking fresh once I get past thinking about our defensive players.
We need pace, guile and quality in the middle of the pitch, because we are not to bad in certain areas, and a tired team lacking in this area of the pitch will always look like a very poor outfit imo Tony?
77 Posted 02/01/2020 at 17:59:05
78 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:04:22
79 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:06:53
80 Posted 02/01/2020 at 18:17:25
We've got to develop mental steel, as well as getting in better players.
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