Marcel Brands arrived at Everton last summer with a reputation as one of the most astute transfer experts in Europe.
During his time in Holland with PSV and AZ Alkmaar, Brands discovered such rough diamonds as Gini Wijnaldum, Dries Mertens and Hirving Lozano; players signed for peanuts who would become household names worth multi-million transfer fees.
No wonder links with a certain James Rodriguez have raised eyebrows.
According to Don Balon on Friday, Everton have emerged as a shock destination for the Colombian play-maker, who finds himself between a rock and a hard place.
He is on loan from Bayern Munich but it is uncertain whether he will join the Bundesliga champions permanently. A return to parent club Real Madrid looks unlikely if Zinedine Zidane, who famously omitted Rodriguez from the 2017 Champions League final, is re-appointed by Los Blancos.
Five years ago, James moved to the Santiago Bernabau from Monaco for £71 million (BBC) after winning the World Cup Golden Boot – and that wondergoal against Uruguay.
But is Goodison Park really his next destination? This most surprising of links has certainly got fans talking.
If we're gonna go for a big name player like him why not throw the money in the direction of Lozano instead. Brands knows the lad and could have a major influence in persuading him to join us. Not saying that would happen either but would rather him than Rodriguez— Lee Bielski (@SanFran_Bielski) March 8, 2019
He would have been that 'Hollywood' signing Mosh mentioned we'd get, but we never did. Before we spunked all that money on loads of dead wood, we should have at least offered the loan fee of £6mil and tempted him with a big wage.— Goodison Roar (@GoodisonRoar) March 8, 2019
Well he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire has he sooooo you never know— Robert James (@RobertJames1956) March 8, 2019
Who knows? Did any of us ever expect Samuel Eto'o to sign for us?— Paul Benedict-Flynn #DangerousHero4PM (@PaulBennoFlynn) March 8, 2019
Should be all over this. He needs a new start and brands is the man to convince him— Sie wakes (@siewakes20) March 9, 2019
We CAN dream— D (@FatWeightlifter) March 8, 2019
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