Everton midfielder James Rodriguez is a potential target for AC Milan as they seek out a replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu.
The Turkish star has already joined Inter Milan this summer, and that has left their rivals with a hole to fill in their midfield.
Rodriguez is the ‘latest idea’ that the club’s management are exploring, according to Corriere Della Sera, although it is too early to ‘draw conclusions’ at this point.
The newspaper says that the Colombian ‘feels orphaned’ at Everton after Carlo Ancelotti’s move to Real Madrid, and that has opened up the door to a move.
Milan are yet to make any kind of offer, and they are first waiting to see what happens with Olivier Giroud, but the idea is there nonetheless.
La Nazione back up the report and state that Milan’s contacts with Jorge Mendes, who represents Rodriguez, is where the idea is coming from.
Mendes has been talking to the club regarding his other client Rafa Leao, who could leave Milan this summer if Mendes gets is own way.
It is from these talks that the idea of signing Rodriguez from Everton has emerged, and it is a ‘question of motivation’ for both players.
However, an exchange between the two ‘has been talked about for a few weeks’, suggesting that could become a real possibility the later we get into this transfer window.