By Nick Ware

21st Sep, 2021 | 6:30am

Everton reach verbal agreement over James Rodriguez exit

There is a verbal agreement in place for James Rodriguez to exit Everton for Qatari club Al Rayyan, according to Cesar Luis Merlo.

The Buenos Aires-based journalist, followed by the likes of Fabrizio Romano on his personal Twitter profile, made the claim on Monday evening [20/09/21].

Merlo wrote: “There is a verbal agreement for James Rodriguez to play for Al Rayyan. The club disburses £6.9million [€8M] between salary and the loan it pays to Everton until June 2022.”

Going, but at what cost?

Given reports that the 30-year-old is on a £10-million-a-year salary [ESPN] at Everton, it’s fair to assume that the Blues will still be forking out a proportion of his wages until his contract expires next year.

However, they could still be saving millions, and that may help the club to comply with FFP regulations which have reportedly prevented them from further strengthening their squad in recent times.

Rafa Benitez will also be getting ride of a player he clearly does not want at the club.

It will bring a sad end, however, to a Blues spell that started so well for the Colombian.

Rodriguez was hailed as one of the club’s most exciting signings in their history after arriving from Real Madrid, and he had Bayern Munich and Porto listed as former clubs.

He immediately adapted to life in England as his displays helped the Blues to the top of the Premier League table in the opening weeks of the 2020/21 campaign.

But events quickly unravelled, and now he could be set to leave without playing in front of the fans at Goodison Park.

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

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