By Declan Walsh

30th Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Everton tell Fabian Delph and James Rodriguez they are free to leave

Everton have informed Fabian Delph and James Rodriguez they are free to leave Goodison Park this summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The newspaper claims that the Blues will let both midfielders go if “suitable offers are made” this summer.

Delph, 31, and Rodriguez, 30, are both in the final year of their contracts at the Merseyside club.

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Everton’s transfer window has been a frustrating one.

It took an age to hire Rafa Benitez and that was bound to have held Marcel Brands back in terms of his recruitment for next season.

Since Benitez was appointed, the Blues have signed three players, which is more than most Premier League clubs. However none of Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray really strengthen the starting line-up at Goodison Park.

We’ve seen a lot of talk about Everton having to be careful of what they spend this summer due to profit and sustainability rules, which is understandable after years of splashing huge amounts on trash players and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It means we’re having to get rid of players before signing new ones but the issue with Delph and Rodriguez is that they’re either earning a lot of money, have had injury issues in the last year and their form has been disappointing.

It won’t be easy to find takers for these two players and the fact that Bernard is the only senior player to be sold this summer suggests that the lack of sales has led to the lack of new signings.

It’s frustrating but this is the cost of years upon years of throwing money at a squad in order to try and fix it.

It’s caused more issues.

In other Everton news, Fabrizio Romano has mooted a move to Goodison Park for this “perfect” midfielder who was once compared to Xavi.

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