Nowadays, sums are rarely made public - although there are exceptions - but clubs mostly whisper to the media how much the transfers cost. However, according to the information of the specialized portal Transfermarkt, and rarely anyone is so well informed about the events on the football market, someone seems to have lied when he reported that the transfer of James Rodriguez from Real to Everton cost 25,000,000 euros.
Moreover, the Colombian did not bring a dinar into Real's coffers! Transfermarkt, referring to its own knowledge, claims that Rodriguez went to the Premier League for free, while Real kept only a percentage of the next transfer.
And since James is 29 years old, it will hardly be a huge amount of money, certainly not even close to the amount of 25,000,000 euros. Why someone would hide it is not very clear, we can only assume that the reasons could be hidden in the possible dissatisfaction of the fans - after all, Real gave 75,000,000 euros for Hames in 2014 - or UEFA inspectors who care about respecting financial fair play.
One thing is for sure, if the information is correct, Everton made a phenomenal move, because only five players, according to Transfermarkt's estimates - they should be taken with a grain of salt - had a higher price on the market at the time of moving to another club without compensation.
However, the biggest bingo was caught by Bayern when they brought Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund as a free agent, and the Bavarians take the second place on the list based on the "kidnapping" of Leon Goretzka Schalke.
Inter also "brought in" when they brought Stefan de Vrij from Lazio, then Juve with Aaron Ramsey to the detriment of Arsenal, Chelsea when they took Michael Balack from Bayern in 2006, and at the time of the transfer Adrien Rabiot was more valuable than James when he cooled Paris Saint-Germain Germain and signed for the Old Lady.
The fact that he did not manage in Turin in the end - so we can talk about whether the price was inflated - is a completely different topic. When the most recent examples are in question, Inter with Alexis Sanchez, Roma with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Inter Miami with Blaise Matuidi passed excellently - or at least quite cheaply ...
Real fans are not satisfied with the events at the club over the past year and it is certain that this news will increase their dissatisfaction. The reinforcements that came to the club proved to be a failure, and now players are leaving who could still provide good games for Real Madrid. Real will have to be very active in the market if they want to satisfy their fans who are louder day by day.