Reports across the European media on Monday have hinted at a potential loan exit for out of favour Everton star James Rodriguez.
James back in form
Colombian international Rodriguez of course only made the move to Goodison Park last summer.
On the back of another testing season on the books of Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, during which he struggled for game-time, the 30-year-old opted to try his hand in the Premier League for the first time.
And the ensuing campaign, in turn, proved largely positive.
Whilst he was forced to deal with a number of niggling fitness issues, Rodriguez, when fit, slotted into Everton’s midfield with ease, adding some much-needed guile to the club’s ranks.
All told, in 26 appearances across all competitions, the talented South American racked up 6 goals and 9 assists.
James Rodriguez 2020/21 stat update:
Idea balls: ∞ 😏
— Everton (@Everton) February 7, 2021
Rodriguez’s Everton switch developing in the first place, though, only came about due to the persistence of Carlo Ancelotti, who had previously overseen some of the finest form of the Colombian’s career whilst in Madrid.
In turn, upon the tactician bringing an abrupt end to his Goodison stint early in June, it came as little surprise when speculation surrounding Rodriguez’s future quickly followed.
And, as outlined above, over the last 24 hours, a fresh insight into the situation has been forthcoming.
With the 30-year-old yet to be afforded a single competitive appearance by new boss Rafael Benitez, Rodriguez has now been tipped for an imminent move to Turkey.
The window for Super Lig clubs remains open into this coming week, with a surprise suitor, in turn, having emerged for the midfielder’s signature.
The outfit in question? Istanbul Basaksehir.
As per a report from Foot Mercato, Basaksehir are readying a proposal to those in a position of power on Merseyside, to take Rodriguez on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
It of course remains to be seen, though, whether either the Toffees, or the Colombian himself, would be open to such a move.
Turkish giants Istanbul Basaksehir are ‘eyeing a move’ for Everton outcast James Rodriguez #EFC
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 6, 2021