Everton paid no transfer fee for James Rodriguez, a startling coup that has been revealed by Argentine club Banfield.
The Merseyside outfit pulled off the shock signing of the Real Madrid forward this summer, signing a two-year deal at Goodison Park. It had been thought that Everton had paid as much as £20million to land the Colombia international, but it has now been claimed this is not the case.
According to Marca, a statement made by Banfield insisted that there was no fee involved at all.
Banfield, who sold Rodriguez to Porto in 2010, were due a small percentage of the sell-on fee and chased up the details of the deal to find out what they would be entitled to.
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However, the club treasurer Ignacio Urquiza said: ‘Unfortunately for the pass of James Rodríguez from Real Madrid to Everton, Banfield does not correspond to money.
‘The transaction was made without cost as if it were a free player. The pertinent consultations have already been made to the two clubs involved and to the corresponding organisations.
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‘In all cases, they confirmed to us that the club will not receive money as a solidarity mechanism.’
Rodriguez impressed for Everton on his debut against Tottenham as they won their Premier League opener 1-0, and the star of the 2014 World Cup could now prove to be a phenomenal bargain if he is able to reproduce that form on Merseyside.
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