Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands revealed in a shareholder’s meeting that James Rodriguez joined the club from Real Madrid on a free transfer.
The transfer was initially reported as an undisclosed fee when it went through over the summer. It appears that Real Madrid have not nor will not be getting any compensation for the 29-year-old’s departure.
Initial reports speculated on the price that Everton paid for the Colombian. It was actually reportedly Argentine club Banfield, who had no stake in the transfer, that initially claimed James joined Everton on a free.
“It was one of the most difficult and weirdest transfer windows ever. The pandemic was clearly involved in this transfer window.” —Marcel Brands
James has had a good first season with Everton so far. He has three goals and three assists in 12 appearances with the Merseyside club. He was injured towards the end of December missing four consecutive matches, but has since returned to starting action.
His presence on the ball and his passing ability have been elite this season when he has played. He has really taken Everton to the next level which is reflected in the top five spot the club holds in the Premier League table.
While there’s still plenty of season left, it’s more than fair to say James has worked out very well for Everton and even more so with no price tag attached. He is truly getting a second wind to his career after his six-year stint in Madrid.