By Nick Ware

14th Sep, 2021 | 7:10pm

Faustino Asprilla: Everton attacker James Rodriguez rejected by all Italian teams

Former Newcastle United forward Faustino Asprilla has claimed that Everton playmaker James Rodriguez was offered to all Italian clubs in the summer.

However, the 30-year-old’s Colombian compatriot, speaking on ESPN Colombia [13/09/21] (relayed via red goal), says no one wanted him.

“Right now in the qualifying rounds, in Barranquilla, I met a businessman,” Asprilla said.

“We met in a restaurant. He speaks Spanish very well, he is Italian, he works with the Manchester people. He told me a story that James, right now in this market, was offered to all the teams in Italy and no one wanted to receive him because of the problems they were talking about on Twitch.

“They were even offering them half their salary. That man is a very important businessman, without asking him, he told me that.

“What worries is that they have to call to raffle James for all the teams and nobody chooses him. Normally they would have to fight over him but Milan did not go to ask for him, they had to analyse the possibility.”

Costly

Rodriguez has surely not lost all his talents, but the cost of signing him has clearly dissuaded a number of clubs from launching a bid for his services.

Despite looking likely to leave Everton in the summer transfer window, the Colombian has remained with the Blues, but he was absent from the squad that beat Burnley 3-1 on Monday evening.

He could still leave in January, but it looks increasingly apparent that he will see out the remaining 10 months of his contract before sealing a move elsewhere as a free agent.

That might make him more attractive to clubs, but he will surely have to accept a lower wage if clubs this summer were not willing to pay up.

It remains to be seen if Rafa Benitez will integrate him back into the Blues set-up over the next few months.

In other Everton news, the Blues have signed this attacker after a seven-figure deal was agreed.

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