Everton made second favourites for Madrid star's signature

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez in action with Atletico Madrid's Jesus Gamez

James Rodriguez could be sacrificed by Real Madrid this summer, and Everton have been cut into second favourites to sign the Columbian behind Chelsea.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane celebrate with fans after the gameReal Madrid's James Rodriguez could leave the Bernabeu this summer

Popular bookmakers SkyBet have made Everton shock second-favourites in the race to sign Real Madrid's Columbian superstar James Rodriguez at 10/1.

Madrid are believed to want around £65 million for the 25-year-old (Evening Standard).

With the sale of John Stones, however, and Romelu Lukaku's potential exit, the Toffees will be heavily cash rich, and a move for Rodriguez could be seen as a statement signing as they enter a new era under new ownership and management.

SkyBet still list Chelsea as the favourites for the Madrid man's signature at 7/2, but it is Everton's move into 10/1 from 20/1 which has attracted most attention.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Colombia at ParaguayJames Rodriguez

Chelsea have an abundance of talent in attacking midfield areas, although there are rumours linking Cesc Fabregas with an exit from the club. 

It is highly likely that Chelsea's transfer activity will be governed by whether or not Fabregas stays at Stamford Bridge.

With the lack of Champions League football on offer at both Everton and Chelsea, it will be incredibly hard to tempt a player of Rodriguez's calibre into joining.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Colombia at USARodriguez in action for Columbia

If Everton were to pull something out of the bag, however, the signing of the Columbian would have a seismic effect on the football club, and help transcend them to a new level that would match the ambitions of the new owners.

To even be considered in the running for players like Rodriguez shows how far Everton have come as a club, and now Ronald Koeman will be expected to guide his team to success, so that it becomes commonplace for the world's biggest stars to be linked with the Merseyside outfit.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceEverton manager Ronald Foeman is expected to lead his side to success in the near future

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