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Marcel Brands should laugh off Sevilla’s naïve approach for James Rodriguez amid claims Everton may be offered Alejandro “Papu” Gomez in exchange for Carlo Ancelotti’s star midfielder.
According to reports in Spain, Los Nervionenses coach Julen Lopetegui and Sporting Director Monchi have fixed their attention on signing Rodriguez after ruling out a move for Isco.
Sevilla feel it would be impossible to raise the €20m (£17.5m) capital needed to sign Isco from Real Madrid at the end of the season, despite Lopetegui’s love of the Spaniard and prioritising his signature.
Rodriguez is thought to be a likely alternative as the Colombian has been underwhelmed by Everton’s results, which have fallen below the expectations set in discussions with Ancelotti prior to his arrival and are likely to see the Toffees miss out on European football.
Barring a dramatic turn of events that sees the Goodison Park natives secure a berth into one of UEFA’s premier club competitions, it is expected that they will struggle to convince Rodriguez to stay for another season.
Everton would be reluctant to let Rodriguez leave in the summer despite signing him from Real Madrid without a transfer fee last year, and have reportedly set a €30m (£26m) valuation on the 29-year-old in an attempt to ward off interest.
But Sevilla are still keen and are willing to offer the Blues the chance to sign Gomez just six months on from the 33-year-old’s €6m (£5m) arrival, in a player-plus-cash deal that would only see around €10m (£8.5m) change hands.
Monchi is exploring a deal for Rodriguez as he is considered to be a tremendous bonus for Lopetegui’s plans, while a move to the Andalusian outfit would allegedly offer the ex-Los Blancos maestro his best chance of playing for a competitive team in Europe next season.