Everton could sign genuinely world-class talent this summer

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Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is a player in demand.

The Colombia international was catapulted to superstardom in 2014, following a genuinely superb performance at the World Cup.

He has been on the books at Real ever since, making 125 appearances and scoring 37 goals, while also registering 42 assists.

He has been out on loan for the last two years, though, moving to Germany to play for Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old has made a total of 67 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals and registering 20 assists, but it appears that he will be on the move this summer.

Indeed, the Premier League could well be a destination for the versatile attacker, who can play on the wing or at No.10.

There seem to be numerous suitors for the Real star, and the club are keen to sell; his contract expires at the end of next season.

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Everton are chief among them, with Carlo Ancelotti deemed his “maximum supporter” by Marca, but Arsenal, Wolves, and Manchester United are also deemed as potential destinations.

James would cost between €20 million (£18m) and €25m (£22.5m) and could be at the centre of a bidding war this summer.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

James would be an intriguing pick-up for Everton.

They currently have Gylfi Sigurdsson in the No.10 role but James is an unmistakeable upgrade on the Iceland international.

Indeed, Sigurdsson has just two Premier League assists to his name this season and a move for the Real ace would be a major coup.

He would slot seamlessly into Ancelotti’s system and he could potentially be something of a provider to the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin further forward.

He has shown just how good he can be in the past and has been a star for two European heavyweights.

If Everton can beat off the competition, they’d be signing a world-class talent.

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