The Dutch recruitment guru put an end to mixed reports over the cost of bringing Rodriguez from Real Madrid to Merseyside last year by confirming [via Liverpool Echo] that the La Liga champions sanctioned the Colombian’s exit and waived a transfer fee in the process.
It was initially reported that the Toffees had paid more than €20m (£17.77m) for the 29-year-old, but his former club Banfield – who held a sell-on clause for the player – claimed that they received no proceeds due to Los Blancos effectively releasing the playmaker to Everton.
In other news, Brands confirmed that the Merseyside club paid £200,000 in compensation to Marseille for left-back Niels Nkounkou but paid no loan charge to AS Roma for the arrival of Robin Olsen.
He revealed that the Merseysiders’ grand total of summer spending amounted to around £60m in a summer transfer window which also saw Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure arrive from Napoli and Watford respectively. Brands confirmed that a few other potential deals were in the pipeline.
According to his comments obtained via the Liverpool Echo, the global financial crisis meant that Everton had to step back and re-evaluate their options. The report added that now-Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes was one of those options.
Brands revealed [via Liverpool Echo]:
It was one of the most difficult and weirdest transfer windows ever. We finished the window with a squad of 27 players – a little bit more than originally planned.
We signed six new players. Three on a permanent transfer – Allan, Doucoure and Ben Godfrey. One on a free – James Rodriguez. One on a training compensation – Nkounkou. And one loan without a loan fee – Robin Olsen.
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Brands’ openness about the signature of Rodriguez is refreshing, and it seems quite a coup to have indeed landed the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner without incurring a transfer fee.
It should certainly be a source of intrigue for Everton fans, who now know the club’s outlay and the truth behind their deals.