Everton expect James Rodriguez to be back training on Wednesday, despite clubs in Turkey and the Middle East exploring last-ditch deals for the midfielder, per the Liverpool Echo.

Istanbul Basaksehir considered a move to take Rodriguez to the Super Lig after losing their first three fixtures of the season. Yet a deal is unlikely to materialise before the window closes this Wednesday, to leave the Colombian at Goodison Park.

Everton are aware of the Basaksehir’s interest in Rodriguez, but the Fatih Terim Stadium side have not made an offer. The former Real Madrid maestro is also unsure of the move. So, will likely now remain on Merseyside until, at least, January when the markets re-open.

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An unnamed Middle Eastern outfit is also interested in Rodriguez, after Benitez told the 30-year-old he is free to leave. Yet The Athletic also note his eye-watering £200k-a-week deal has proven impossible to shift. He rejected taking a pay cut to join Porto or AC Milan, too.

Everton now expect Rodriguez to be back at Finch Farm and training with a majority of the first-team on Wednesday. Benitez will begin preparing his squad for next Monday’s visit of Burnley with those no longer on international duty.

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Rodriguez is yet to feature in a competitive game under Benitez since the Spaniard took charge at Everton this summer. He is one of five Toffees players who missed the start of the season after isolating due to coronavirus issues.

Benitez is not against handing the attacking midfielder a maiden appearance of his tenure against Burnley, the Liverpool Echo note. But the former Real Madrid manager – who did not see eye-to-eye with Rodriguez in Spain – will demand he works harder off the ball.

Should Rodriguez feature when Everton host Burnley?

Everton will likely be loath to see Rodriguez waste in the wilderness after failing to secure a transfer this summer. Especially given his mammoth salary, which hindered their attempts at moving the Carlo Ancelotti signing on following the Italian’s departure.

The Toffees will likely also hope Benitez is willing to offer the midfielder the opportunities to prove his worth. They are paying him too much to leave him on the sidelines, knowing the game-changing impact the 80-cap international can offer at Goodison in a split-second.

Additionally, Rodriguez has time to show Benitez he is willing to work hard on-and-off the ball before Everton host Burnley. And, potentially, prove to the Spaniard over the coming days in training he can offer more than his creativity. Adding even more strings to the bow his compatriot and Millonarios captain David Silva praises, via Futbol Red:

“He is definitely a benchmark of our football; he is a different player, and it shows. The pre-season [this summer] is going to go very well for him and he will be at his usual level, which is extraordinary.”

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