James Rodriguez offered to Real Madrid as Everton look to cash in on Colombian star

James Rodriguez could leave Everton after just 12 months at the club (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

James Rodriguez’s representatives have spoken to Real Madrid about a stunning return to the Bernabeu this summer as Everton concede they will likely have to sell the Colombia star.

The 29-year-old joined the Toffees last summer from Real Madrid, under the request of former manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian managed Rodriguez at Real and Bayern Munich, and he convinced Everton’s board to hand the playmaker record wages to lure him to Goodison Park.

However, despite showing flashes of brilliance at the start of the season, Rodriguez struggled with injuries throughout his debut campaign on Merseyside and Ancelotti’s departure has left the Colombian in the cold.

Rodriguez has played under Ancelotti at three different clubs (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Everton are yet to appoint a successor to Ancelotti but any incoming manager will want money to spend and the Toffees are worried about falling foul to Financial Fair Play, with Rodriguez’s high wages weighing the side down.

The Daily Mail therefore claim that the Colombian has been offered to former club Real Madrid, though the La Liga giants show little willingness in engaging.

Rodriguez’s representatives have also spoken to Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Napoli as the look for a quick exit out of Liverpool for their client.

AC Milan lost Hakan Calhanoglu to rivals Inter Milan this week and are in the market for a new playmaker.

Rafa Benitez is closing in on a move to the blue half of Liverpool, which has proved controversial with supporters.

Rodriguez would appear a poor fit for the Spanish boss, whose philosophy is built around a tight defence and a strong work-ethic among his forward players.

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