Everton star James Rodriguez remains a viable option for AC Milan this summer if they cannot get Nikola Vlasic or Hakim Ziyech.
That’s according to Calciomercato, who cover the situation today after Rodriguez hinted at a move to Italy on Twitch last night.
The Everton star found himself being questioned about his future by his viewers on his stream after reports that Everton manager Rafa Benitez had made it clear he doesn’t want him this season.
In response, he made it clear he doesn’t know what the future holds but would be open to moving to Italy if given the chance.
“What league would I like to play in? First of all, where they want me,” he said.
“I have already played in all leagues; I miss Italy. Serie A would be a good option, but I don’t know what will happen in the future.
“I’ve played in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, here in England… I just miss Italy. It would be a record; I don’t know how many players have done it, I think only a few.”
Those comments, say CM, have ‘inflamed’ a good part of the Milan fans who are dreaming of his arrival at the club.
They say Rodriguez’s agent Jorge Mendes is looking ‘for the best possible solution’ for his client and had already proposed him to AC Milan as part of a possible exchange with Rafa Leao.
At the moment, this type of operation ‘has not found any particular openings’ from both the Rossoneri or Leao, with neither particularly keen on the idea at this point.
The Everton man ‘remains an interesting option’ for Milan, though, and if there are no encouraging signs from their pursuit of Vlasic or Ziyech in the coming days, they could turn back to him.
CM say that Rodriguez can leave Everton for a ‘small fee, certainly less than €10m’, and his salary, which is around €6m a year, is not difficult for Milan to reach.
The door, then, is there to be opened if they want to do it, with Rodriguez seemingly edging towards an exit this summer.