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James Rodriguez looked like he was worth every penny for Everton on Saturday, but the midfielder didn't actually cost them anything.
The former Real Madrid midfielder's move to Everton was considered one of the most exciting transfers of the summer even before the season started.
He started the season in fine form against Spurs last weekend but against West Brom on Saturday afternoon the Colombian took it to an even better level, scoring the team's second goal, assisting another and generally running the game.
The transfer is now looking an even better piece of business because his former club Banfield have confirmed now money has changed hands between the Toffees and Real.
The Argentine side were expecting to get a solidarity payment as part of the deal but in a statement confirmed that won't be the case. "Unfortunately, because James Rodríguez moved from Real Madrid on a free transfer to Everton, no money is due," the club said, as per The Times.
"We have consulted both clubs involved and the corresponding federations. All of them confirmed to us that the club will not receive money as part of the solidarity mechanism."
Clubs who are involved in the 'football education' of a young player get solidarity payments whenever the player moves from one country to another and a transfer fee is involved.
James played for Banfield before moving to Porto in 2010 for £4.7 million where he really made his name, before moving to Monaco after three years.
He played in Ligue 1 for one season before his incredible performances at the World Cup, where he won the Golden Boot and later the Puskas Award for his goal in the last 16 game against Uruguay, earned him a move to Real Madrid.
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The end of his time at the Bernabeu didn't work out well and he was loaned to Ancelotti at Bayern Munich for two years. He returned to Los Blancos last season but played just nine games in the league.
After two in England it's already obvious that Everton have got themselves a bargain, at a cost of nothing he's worth at least twice the price...
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