Carlo Ancelotti set to target Real Madrid star as first Everton signing


James Rodriguez might become the first signing of Carlo Ancelotti as Everton manager
LA CORUNA, SPAIN - APRIL 26: James Rodriguez of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid at Riazor Stadium on April 26, 2017 in La Coruna, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

The Merseyside club are set to unveil the former Real Madrid manager as their permanent head coach following their weekend’s clash with Arsenal.

Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at the Goodison Park could encourage Everton to make a bid for the Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez in the January transfer window.

Ancelotti, who was sacked from his job at Napoli earlier this month, has emerged as a shock candidate to take the reins at the Merseyside club.

Everton chairman Farhad Moshiri is rumored to be a huge fan of the former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid manager, whom he believes can bring stability to the club.

And if reports in Spain are to be believed, the 60-year-old would like to use his contacts and bring James Rodriguez to the Premier League next month.

James Rodriguez on Everton's transfer radar

James Rodriguez might become the first signing of Carlo Ancelotti as Everton manager
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After his £63m move from AS Monaco to Madrid earlier that summer, Rodriguez played the whole of the 2014/15 season under Ancelotti before the latter’s sacking at the end of that season.

Real weren’t able to win anything of note in that campaign but the working relationship that Rodriguez developed with Ancelotti convinced the Italian to bring the midfielder to Germany when he was serving as the manager of Bayern Munich in the 2016/17 season.

Everton are hopeful that Ancelotti would use all his charm to once again convince the Colombian to follow his lead and join the 60-year-old at the Merseyside.

The Blues are also ready to hand Ancelotti funds for transfers next month, hoping that he’d use them wisely to bring them out of the rut they currently find themselves in.

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The 28-year-old Colombian has got his place back in the Real Madrid starting lineup this season but the club won’t stand in his way if he decides to bid them farewell next month.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise as Los Blancos have tried repeatedly to get suitors for the central midfielder in the past few windows, albeit with little success.

His potential departure from the Santiago Bernabeu and the transfer fee that it would bring might help Real finance new signings in the summer.

The 13-time European champions have been linked with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in the past few months, with PSG’s Kylian Mbappe also on the club’s transfer radar.

However, with the club’s finances highly constricted following the arrivals of Eden Hazard, Eder Militao and Luka Jovic last summer, they’d need some big money departures to generate enough funds for potential big-money signings.

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