By Nick Ware

20th Sep, 2021 | 7:50pm

Colombian journalist believes James Rodriguez Everton exit to Qatar has 80% chance

Colombian journalist Pipe Sierra believes there is an 80% probability that compatriot James Rodriguez will leave Everton for Qatar.

The WinSportsTV and W Radio Colombia reporter wrote “80” on his personal Twitter profile after he was asked for the chances of the 30-year-old arriving in Qatar.

Rodriguez has been heavily linked on Monday with a move to Qatar Stars League side Al Rayyan.

However, he may take a bit more persuading, despite talks today.

Sierra also wrote on his personal Twitter profile about the role super-agent Jorge Mendes has played in getting Rodriguez to Doha.

“James Rodríguez is in Doha because he was not convinced to play in the Middle East, but Jorge Mendes recommended that he go to see the city, the team and personally negotiate the terms and salary of his contract,” he said.

“At this time they have dinner with the Colombian. No agreement yet.”

On the brink?

80% seems a pretty high percentage – Sierra seems to think it’s more than likely that Rodriguez will end up playing in Qatar soon.

Of course, there are still some hurdles to overcome, but it appears his head may have been turned slightly after initially being wary of a move there.

His future at Everton looks bleak, so it looks to be in the best interests of all parties for Rodriguez to move on.

While the Blues will lose a player with immense quality who would add creativity to a side that has been devoid of that attribute in recent years, the reality is that Rafa Benitez has no place for him in his new-look side.

Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray were signed in the summer and have both made instant impacts, and it seems the relationship between Benitez and Rodriguez, dating back to their Real Madrid days, is rocky, to say the least.

In other Everton news, club chief is unhappy with this player’s decision after major Blues announcement.

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