• Everton are close to signing James Rodriguez
  • The midfielder joined Real Madrid in 2014 
  • Rodriguez has scored 37 goals for Real Madrid since his debut

Real Madrid reportedly are in 'advances talks' with Everton over James Rodriguez’s transfer to the Premier League this summer.

Rodriguez rose to limelight when he won the Golden Boot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup for scoring six goals for Colombia ahead of the likes of Germany's Thomas Müller (5 goals), Argentina's Lionel Messi (4 goals), and Brazil's Neymar (4 goals). During the tournament, the Colombian midfielder was linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu and acknowledging those rumors, Rodriguez had said it would be a "life’s dream" to play for Real Madrid.

Ahead of the 2014-15 season, Rodriguez began to live the dream when he signed a six-year contract with the La Liga side. Real Madrid signed the Colombian playmaker for $82 million, making the player the fourth-most expensive transfer in the world at that time, and the third-most-expensive in the club’s history. Rodriguez played four seasons for Real Madrid, where he scored 37 goals in 125 competitive appearances. He won nine trophies with the Spanish giants including two each of La Liga and Champions League titles.

Premier League side Everton have made an official offer to Real Madrid for Rodriguez, which is under consideration at Santiago Bernabeu, according to Sky Sports.

Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, who is a transfer market specialist in soccer, has revealed Rodriguez could be sold in the next few days. "Real Madrid are in advanced talks with Everton for James Rodriguez to be sold in the next days. The deal is not done - but Carlo Ancelotti already contacted James to convince him," Romano wrote on his Twitter account.

If a deal does happen between both the clubs, Rodriguez would be playing under Ancelotti for a third time, having played under him at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

The Sky Sports report has also said that Rodriguez, who has just a year left in his current contract with Real Madrid, is looking forward to moving to Goodison Park as a three-year deal could be announced soon in the ongoing transfer window.

James Rodríguez
James Rodríguez's career at Real Madrid has fallen on hard times and he could yet leave the Bernabeu before the close of the transfer window. Reuters

The 29-year-old Rodriguez has so far scored 113 goals in his club career, which began in 2007 when he made his first-team debut with Colombian club Envigado.