Rodriguez is coming to the end of a two-year loan spell at Bayern Munich and is expected to return to Real Madrid in the summer.
In the meantime, his lack of game time in the Bundesliga, his past association with Carlo Ancelotti and Everton's need for midfield options has led to speculation that he could end up at Goodison Park with his former boss.
New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is also said by AS in Spain to be interested in taking the 28-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season.
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1 Posted 28/01/2020 at 07:25:42
In Carlo I trust but, as the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day!
2 Posted 28/01/2020 at 07:41:42
3 Posted 28/01/2020 at 07:48:20
4 Posted 28/01/2020 at 08:03:16
5 Posted 28/01/2020 at 08:15:02
6 Posted 28/01/2020 at 08:42:55
7 Posted 28/01/2020 at 08:49:33
Ancelotti's role is just to coach and organise the players, whereas in the past the "manager" would also be negotiating the terms for new players coming in and old players leaving etc.
8 Posted 28/01/2020 at 09:53:27
9 Posted 28/01/2020 at 10:00:55
10 Posted 28/01/2020 at 10:08:14
11 Posted 28/01/2020 at 10:12:15
I cant see him being a target to be honest- wages would surely be prohibitive?
12 Posted 28/01/2020 at 10:56:33
Always believing in the 'horses for courses' theory he may just find the right niche with us, and of course would have a fellow countryman in Yerry Mina.
I also believe his creativity and increased chance of goals could give us more valuable points towards our final finishing position in the Table.
Hope this one could be a possibility, but like most have indicated it will go to the wire as usual before anything materialises, if at all.
13 Posted 28/01/2020 at 11:05:19
He would be on a seriously high wage and i'm not sure we'd get value for that. The odd moment of magic but could be like Rooney's return. Alot could depend on how much fire is left in his belly. He's never quite lived up to his promise and is in last chance saloon now.
14 Posted 28/01/2020 at 11:17:57
29 before the start of next season, this talented "Next thing" is now a talented "Never was".
Great article here, Link on how these bullshit rumors start and then gain momentum; using the current one on James as a perfect example. Worth a read.
And, again, no.
15 Posted 28/01/2020 at 11:59:04
16 Posted 28/01/2020 at 13:28:24
17 Posted 28/01/2020 at 14:15:48
That said, the hype all goes back to the world cup in 2014 when he was simply sensational, and looked like one of the best players in the world. The question I would ask was whether he can rediscover that ability and consistency and apply it over a sustained period to the Premier League.
18 Posted 28/01/2020 at 14:52:28
He's only giving an interview on Andre Gomes, but worth noting what our old perpetual deadline day favourite had to say about our crocked star.
19 Posted 28/01/2020 at 14:55:25
Who has got him?
Moyesie at West Ham. Hes exactly the he kind of value for money signing that Moyesie and his regime managed to bring in at Everton during his tenure here.
Fair play to them. I think he will do very well
20 Posted 28/01/2020 at 14:58:36
21 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:14:38
22 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:17:25
But I would like to see it happen. Just for shits and giggles. Is he worth the hype? Could it be that signing that illuminates? Or could it be the last hurrah of an over hyped player?
23 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:31:54
24 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:40:19
25 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:48:49
26 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:52:02
27 Posted 28/01/2020 at 15:54:03
28 Posted 28/01/2020 at 16:11:33
Makes more sense than buying now, need to watch our ffp purse until we can get some off the wage bill in the summer.
29 Posted 28/01/2020 at 16:20:44
30 Posted 28/01/2020 at 16:27:12
Regarding James Rodriguez, I've said it before -- this would be the most talented player to put on an Everton shirt in decades, and the excitement he would bring to Goodison would be worth four months of that towering salary. Make the loan, sit back and enjoy the show.
31 Posted 28/01/2020 at 16:37:56
32 Posted 28/01/2020 at 16:44:50
Mike I'm at every home game mate, whether we're wonderful or "shite."
With regard to signings if there aren't the players out there available at a sensible price I'd much rather wait and go with what we've got. This season's a write off for me anyway, just my opinion.
33 Posted 28/01/2020 at 16:47:53
Julian, I bet they are loving it. There will be deadline day madness for sure now. Everything will be going to the wire, and that's what sky love, all the action on deadline day. I expect us to be prominent protagonists.
34 Posted 28/01/2020 at 17:10:02
And yes, if I were his agent I'd be looking for a transfer to Serie A to reignite his career -- but not until this summer, after he rockets in a few 30-yarders for us!
Brian #32, agree wholeheartedly, save the shopping trip for summer -- but I'd still love to see a high-profile loan to get everybody excited for the rest of the season, otherwise it's going to be paint drying.
35 Posted 28/01/2020 at 18:13:12
The romance of great goals is to be cherished by any footballer, but the dynamics of playing at the end of the English winter, doesnt always work for some players.
Plus how many games has James started these last 4 years for his club teams?
Im sure there will be some transfer winners this window, including Everton, if possible, but if we dont get any players in, its not the end of this season.
As a massive positive Id see the opportunities to off load our finest deadwood, as more important to provide a squad balance for next season.
And Id like to think Carlo, will have a plan for a proper preseason, and the players do proper training and decent games, rather than playing Alpine Pub sides.
Time will tell.
36 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:22:43
37 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:18:10
England thumped Czech Republic 5-0 last March, despite this, I thought that Soucek had a particularly good game. And at times England were overwhelmed by his physicality and aerial ability. I started to follow his progress from that moment on and I have been impressed each time I have seen him I think last year was a breakthrough for him and this year he has shown he is a class above everyone else with whom he plays.
His qualities I think could benefit any team. I get the Fellaini comparison but I think he has even more about him than Fellaini. That said, Fellaini himself was a top player for our football club.
There really is value for money out there, but modern scouting is focused on all the wrong areas now for my liking.
I commend Moyes and his team for identifying this player, whilst everyone else swarms around the obvious and over priced.
Put it this way, there are clubs being linked with big money moves for Emre Can.
38 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:19:34
39 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:34:59
Do you have anyone in mind?
40 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:49:43
Benfica just signed Julien Weigl from Dortmund for just £18m, ok he's not quick, but he's good value for that price. Link
Other than him, Wilmar Barrios of Zenit: Link
Gustavo Assunção of Famalicão looks a player, and everyone in that side has a price. Probably one to scout and I doubt Jay Wood has heard of him as he's just 19 and came over from Brazil very young. Link to a decent match he had.
There's no one in Sporting worth a punt. We've only got Bruno Fernandes and after he leaves, Bolasie of all people will be our best player, yep that's how shit we now are!
41 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:05:28
42 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:16:18
He's a great player, but not worth the price. Sporting are in a right mess and they're trying to sell everything to stay afloat. Bruno is going to go quite cheaply (as far as they are concerned) as they just have no bargaining power as their financial situation is well known. Man Utd are playing chicken with them, and they know Sporting need the money now, more than Man Utd need the player. Once Bruno joins Man Utd, it should start the merry-go-round and I think the likes of Vecino will then be on the move once they know Man Utd is not an option.
Will he succeed at Man Utd, it is difficult to say. He's like a cross between David Silva and Frank Lampard. He's very technical like Silva, but he has a thunderous long shot like Lampard and scores lots of goals from midfield. Sporting is all about him though. The midfield is designed to do his defensive work and just give him the ball. The striker is to create space for him, and so on. At Utd he will just be another cog in the machine, and that will take some getting used to. Where will they play him, surely not as a number 10. I don't think he works hard enough to be an 8, and he can't play deep in a 4231. If they go to a 4231 and play him as a number 10, and try to build everything around him, then is he good enough to carry Man Utd, probably not. But he will score loads of goals.
He will give them options against the likes of Burnley though. He can pull their defence out of the low block, because everyone has to press him on the ball because he is lethal from 30 yards, you cannot let him see goal. So if they press him, he can slide it through the lines and put Rashford and co through. So in that regard he could be the missing link. He's a fun player to watch.
43 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:33:06
44 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:06:10
I havent seen much of him this season but he showed nothing in two years at Bayern to suggest he was worth the money and they didnt take up an option to buy, even with Robbery leaving / retiring, instead dipping into the loan market for (the older) Perisič and Coutinho.
Someone mentioned Julian Weigl above. Do me a favour. The BVB fans would have driven him to Benfica, he has regressed that much over the last two seasons.
45 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:19:33
46 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:38:03
Clearly, I am a member of DNS (The National Dyslexic Society)
47 Posted 28/01/2020 at 23:42:23
Since we are playing Fantasy Football, I would take a punt on Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz (ex team mate of Gbamin) who looked a steal last season but got injured pre season and starting to look the part again since coming back. Similar qualities to DCL but an upgrade and fits the profile of young with good potential re-sale value.
48 Posted 28/01/2020 at 00:19:41
We need a permanent successor to Coleman at right back. Coleman can go and Sidibe shouldnt be renewed despite some positive attributes. JJK can compete with the incoming first choice right back and hopefully improve enough to challenge or hes gone next year too.
We need at least one more senior, mobile centre back. Keane can go and we should assess the youngsters - while out on loan for the remainder of the season - for their suitability as the fourth member of the first team squad for the 20/21 season.
We might be able to kick left back into the long grass if Baines can deputise for one more season but Digne needs to pull his finger out if he doesnt want to be replaced based on some of this seasons performances.
We need a big, combative, mobile, midfielder in the Viera image. I would give Sidibe a try in there this season before we send him home - Ancelloti appears to be using our competitive games like preseason friendlies to assess his options so why not.
Delph can go the same way as Schneiderlin. Sigurdsson might have a place in the squad but shouldnt be renewed because hes not getting any younger or better and we have Bernard and Iwobi in front of him.
Gomes and Gbamin are both now massive risks and Davies is still squad level so we may even need two new CMs in the summer.
A different profile of midfielder to what we have might allow us to use Bernard or Iwobi as a full-time No.10 as appose to drifting in from the left.
Up front were fine with DCL, Keane and Richarlison unless someone experienced and Prem-tested comes on the market IE Vardy, Aubamayang, Lacazette, Raul Jimenez, Josh King to be used for a season as the youngsters grow.
Out wide Walcott is squad level and should be sold or wound down but not renewed. Bernard is probably better central but good enough to play LM depending what system we play. Iwobi ditto but second to Bernard for the same two positions so I would consider any strong offers.
I think we need one more Zaha type player for the right hand side to stretch defences and I would break the bank for a proven player of his quality rather than sign two or three flops trying to get it right.
The keepers fine. Yeah he does some mental things but he saves us too and I think hed get away with his erratic behaviour, while he learns and matures, if the team was playing better stuff. When were looking for reasons why we lost its easy to point to his high profile mistakes than remember the great saves.. that said we need a back up keeper and I dont believe in buying back ups so I think we should try to sign another strong, young keeper, let them duke it out, then retain the best one at the end of next year.
Anyone else should be sold or released and youngsters like Gordon and Evans farmed out on loan. Theres no room for sentiment.
49 Posted 29/01/2020 at 09:57:25
Drew@48, I agree with most of that. I think a mobile CM, a pacy CB and right winger will be our main target this summer. Possibly a RB too though depends on how Sidibe and Kenny do for rest of the season.
I think if, for example, you were to put Zouma, Zakaria and Buendia into this team we'd be looking pretty strong. Maybe add Max Aarons or Youcef Atal and you're really cooking!
50 Posted 29/01/2020 at 17:13:21
51 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:59:42
Still hurts and still think hed be perfect for us now
52 Posted 30/01/2020 at 15:25:37
53 Posted 30/01/2020 at 20:26:20
Everyone – from the top down must be in thrall to Ancelotti's involvement at this stage.
54 Posted 30/01/2020 at 20:42:57
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