It is not that they are sitting waiting to see what James Rodríguez decides for his future, but it is about a player who radically changes the politics of a team, one day after the transfer market closes.
In Goodison Park they wait for a decision because that money that would be left in the box (10 million euros) and the transcendental savings in salary mass opens space for possible last-minute signings.
The first, Salomón Rondón, who would be offered a two-year contract to put competition to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. They explain that the negotiations have been complicated by a financial problem with Rondon’s club in China, the Dalian Professional, but they hope to overcome it before midnight on August 31.
The subject is the other two possible reinforcements that, at this hour, are very tangled: the talks with Arsenal for the loan of Ainsley Maitland-Niles for one season do not progress, but the 24-year-old has one more day left. The other business they almost said goodbye to was the Colombian Luis Díaz, whose high value (plus the impossibility of including James) stopped Benítez’s illusion.
Finally, Moise Kean is on track to finalize the return to Juventus in a loan agreement but with a mandatory purchase clause, with which the 21-year promise will no longer return.
The good news for James is that, in the end, no one else would make it to his position. The bad news, that those who have already arrived have him relegated … although a reinforcement was not necessary to be out of Benítez’s plans. If he stays, what awaits him? At this rate, in a day you will know …