Rodriguez's former club upset by terms of player's move to Everton

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 10comments  |  Jump to last
Updated The treasurer of Banfield, where James Rodriguez spent a season before making his move to Porto in 2010, is claiming that the Colombian's switch to Goodison Park was effectively a free transfer.

According to a tweet put out by the Argentine club, Ignacio Uzquiza described it as "lamentable" that when his club contacted Real Madrid to see what Banfield might receive by way of a sell-on fee under the "solidarity mechanism", they were told that Rodriguez's transfer from the Bernabeu to Everton "was done at no cost".

This would seem to corroborate a similar claim made by German website Transfermarkt in the immediate aftermath of the deal (and reiterated today) but runs contrary to a detailed breakdown of the terms from Colombian journalist Pipe Sierra who insists that money must have changed hands under FIFA's regulations.

He tweeted after James's arrival at Everton was confirmed that the transfer involved a €15m payment to Real Madrid, a €5m signing fee to the player, €3m in agents' fees and €2m split between his former clubs Envigado, Banfield, Porto and Monaco.

He also reported that Rodriguez would be on around £120,000 a week at Everton.

Juan Arango in Argentina, meanwhile, tweeted a breakdown of the solidarity payments as follows (in US dollars): Envigado $62k, Banfield $375k, Monaco $100k, Porto $500k.

According to further reporting by the Liverpool Echo, Everton signed a confidentiality agreement with Real regarding the exact terms of the deal and it would appear that the Blues likely paid up a portion or all of the remainder of James's contract in lieu of an actual transfer fee.


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John Keating
1 Posted 17/09/2020 at 22:19:36
What a strange situation
Banfield must be well pissed off!
But if true what a coup for us!
Phil Sammon
2 Posted 17/09/2020 at 22:28:53
We are James’s 4th permanent club since he left Banfield and 5th club since he left Envigado. I’ve never heard of a sell-on clause extending like that. It’s quite a nice idea I suppose, in that it should assist smaller clubs when they develop a player, but being as though Porto and Monaco are expecting a slice it seems this money is handed out indiscriminately.

I don’t think the Banfield guy can complain too much. I’m sure they’ve had their money’s worth over the years.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 17/09/2020 at 22:36:43
Surprised the school he went to in Columbia didn’t get 5k out of it.
Jason Broome
4 Posted 17/09/2020 at 23:18:30
If he was free then Marcel Brands is a flipping genius. However if we only paid Madrid £13,700,000 that is also an incredible deal.
Derek Knox
5 Posted 18/09/2020 at 00:50:19
Unless they had a sell-on clause in the initial contract-who knows? He has moved as reported 3 to 4 times since then, so how could they feel aggrieved?

Or, is this another piece written by another journalist, who has the darling six in mind? How could a team like Everton pull a stunt like this? They should know where they belong by now!

Journalists (not all by the way, but a large majority) are akin to Second Hand Car Salesmen, in that they have have to have their cheap suits, specially adapted----- to accommodate the dorsal fin.

Steven Carmichael
6 Posted 18/09/2020 at 01:33:58
Who cares what the other teams say we got a bargain with all three midfielder players happy days bring on the Derby and anyone else
Steven Carmichael
7 Posted 18/09/2020 at 01:42:46
Almost said "Who cares what the red shite say, what the fuck do we care?" Haha!
Mark Andersson
8 Posted 18/09/2020 at 01:50:51
£120 grand a week... not worth it; bring back Rooney.
David Israel
9 Posted 18/09/2020 at 13:43:07
I believe that international transfer rules state that all clubs for whom a player has played up to a certain age (his formative years) is entitled to a percentage of any sell-on fee, until the player is 28 or thereabouts. I think this is basically it, give or take.
John Pickles
10 Posted 20/09/2020 at 18:05:03
Sam Wallace, Chief football writer, In his sports supplement column, claiming that we got James Rodríguez on a free transfer. Apparently when James's old club Banfield applied for their FIFA solidarity payment they were told they wouldn't get anything as it was a free transfer.

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