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Everton handed double transfer boost as James Rodriguez move gathers pace


Everton have been given a double boost in their audacious moves for Real Madrid ’s James Rodriguez and Napoli’s Allan.

Rodriguez was absent from Real’s return to training yesterday as he moves closer to completing his switch to Everton.

And Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Allan’s £25million switch to Goodison Park should be announced soon.

Rodriguez was missing when Zinedine Zidane’s squad assembled at their Valdebebas training HQ yesterday to be tested for the coronavirus and begin their preparations for the new season.

The Blues are finalising the terms of his move with Real and the Spanish giants want around £22million for Rodriguez.

James Rodriguez is nearing a switch to Goodison Park
James Rodriguez is nearing a switch to Goodison Park

The South American has entered the final year of his deal at the Bernabeu and Everton hope to sign him for less than that.

All three parties want the transfer to happen and he could have his medical on Merseyside this week.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti managed the Colombia striker at Real and during his first loan spell at Bayern Munich and persuaded him to move to Merseyside in a phone call last week.

Rodriguez, 29, who starred in the 2014 World Cup, believes he can rekindle his career in the Premier League with Everton after his difficult time at the Bernabeu and he scored just once in 14 appearances last season.

Ancelotti will also be reunited with Allan at Goodison and he spent 18 months working with the Brazil midfielder before his sacking last December.

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The Toffees are also on the verge of landing Napoli's Allan (R)
The Toffees are also on the verge of landing Napoli’s Allan (R)

De Laurentiis, who had previously said Everton would not breach Napoli’s “impenetrable armour” to sign Allan, claims the club have said goodbye to the South American.

“We are at the final greetings,” he told local radio. “Allan will go to Everton. The deal will be announced soon.”

Allan, 29, who has nine caps, joined Napoli from Udinese in 2015 and helped them qualify for the Champions League and win the Coppa Italia last season.

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