Everton’s sporting director confirms the club signed James Rodriguez on a free from Real Madrid

Everton’s sporting director Marcel Brands confirms that they signed James Rodriguez on a FREE from Real Madrid in ‘one of the weirdest transfer windows ever’

  • James Rodriguez was a big-name signing for Everton back in the summer
  • Everton were able to land the Colombian on a free-transfer from Real Madrid
  • Sporting director Marcel Brands confirmed this in their Annual General Meeting

Marcel Brands has confirmed Everton spent just over £60m during the summer transfer window but that they were able to land James Rodriguez on a free.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder completed his move from Real Madrid to Goodison Park in September, signing a two-year contract with the option for a further season.

There was some confusion surrounding the deal when it went through with no fee initially reported, and then word from Argentine side Banfield, a club with a stake in any profit from the sale, claimed the deal was a free transfer.

James Rodriguez was a big-name signing in the summer who Everton landed on a free

And during Everton’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, Everton’s sporting director Brands confirmed the deal was completed on a free transfer.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Brands said: ‘It was one of the most difficult and weirdest transfer windows ever. The pandemic was clearly involved in this transfer window.

‘We finished the window with a squad of 27 players -a little bit more than originally planned.

‘We signed six new players. Three on a permanent transfer – Allan, Doucoure and Ben Godfrey. One on a free – James Rodriguez. One on a training compensation – Nkounkou. And one loan without a loan fee – Robin Olsen.’

Marcel Brands (left) confirmed the news during Everton's Annual General Meeting

Marcel Brands (left) confirmed the news during Everton’s Annual General Meeting

Brands said that the financial impact of the Covid pandemic forced the club to look away from a number of deals, with a move for now Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes said to be among them.

He added the sale of nine players during the window, saw the club recoup £6.5m, leaving them with a net spend of £54m.

Brands added the sale of nine players during the last window, saw the club recoup £6.5m leaving Everton with a net spend of £54m.

Rodriguez made a bright start to his Everton career with three goals and five assists in 14 games across all competitions.

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