By Nick Ware

20th Sep, 2021 | 8:18pm

Fabrizio Romano: Everton willing to let James Rodriguez leave anywhere

James Rodriguez is free to go anywhere as Everton seek the Colombian’s exit, according to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

Rodriguez, 30, has not played for Everton since a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United in May, with Rafa Benitez’s appointment as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor in the summer appearing to have put an end to his brief spell with the Blues.

He failed to secure an exit in the summer transfer market but with the Qatar Stars League still able to purchase players, a move there looks to be on the cards after several developments on Monday [20/09/21].

Writing via his personal Twitter profile, Romano said: “Everton are prepared to accept any destination for James Rodriguez as they want to save his salary. Deal with Porto including Luis Diaz collapsed on final days of the window.

“Negotiations ongoing with Qatari club as Paul Joyce advanced – but not agreed/done yet.”

Anywhere will do

Seemingly, the Blues just want Rodriguez out of the club, and his wages off the books.

Whether they will get exactly what they want remains to be seen – perhaps they will have to continue to pay a portion of his £10-million-a-year salary [ESPN] until its expiry next summer – but what is clear is that he is not wanted at Goodison Park.

It’s an exit that will likely split opinion – some fans just want the speculation to end and for an inevitable exit to transpire.

There have been question marks over his durability and commitment to the club for some time.

But he’s also a very unique player, and some supporters will have been desperate to see him strut his stuff at Goodison after being barred from watching him last season, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other Everton news, Blues player reacts after Aston Villa star issues written apology.

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