One of the many controversies that have arisen around James Rodríguez in recent months is due to his departure from the Real Madrid towards Everton and the end of the contract. This is because it was finally given for free as the ‘Toffee’ club maintained months later.
At the time, there had been talk of 25 million euros (approximately) that Everton had to pay to Real Madrid because the merengue club had put that price on him because there was still one year left on his contract and clubs like Napoli and Atlético de Madrid wanted it. However, it was revealed that two businessmen moved their chips so that it would leave Spain at zero cost.
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The FA (English Football Association) published a list of transfers and intermediaries in the period February 2020 – March 2021 and there they appeared Jorge Mendes and Kia Joorabchian as protagonists in the James case.
Mendes represented James and part of Everton through his agency Gestifute International Limited against Real Madrid and its claims; While Joorabchian (renowned English agent) did so in favor of the ‘Toffee’ club with the Colombian’s desire to meet Ancelotti again.
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Journalist Phil Kirkbride gave his explanation about that information: “The Blues signed the Colombian superstar from Real Madrid on a free transfer in September. Initial reports claimed Everton had to pay up to £ 25 million (€ 30 million) for Rodriguez, who was on the last year of his contract at the Bernabéu, but it became known that the club hired him free of charge ”.
It should be noted that the free transfer it harmed clubs like Envigado, Banfield and Porto They expected a percentage due to the FIFA solidarity rule that benefits the teams that formed players.