By Kieran Maguire

17th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Kieran Maguire: Everton can end 'desperate' FFP problem as '£20m' windfall on the cards

European qualification would bank Everton around £20million – and that would go some way to ease concerns about their bloated wage bill.

So says finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest James Rodriguez news out of Everton.

This site revealed on 12 September that Everton failed to sell the playmaker this summer because of his whopping £250,000-a-week pay packet.

New manager Rafael Benitez has spoken at length about his frustration regarding FFP over the summer window.

The Toffees were shackled by spending checks and sanctioned just £1.8million’s worth of incoming transfers.

But new signings Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have started the season in fine form, and Everton have picked up 10 points after four games.

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And Maguire insists that they could allay concerns about their FFP position by securing qualification for European competition.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They are desperate to trim the wage bill, which is fairly evident from their summer activity.

“Benitez has also had a lot to say about the constraints of FFP. You can see that making expensive mistakes is taking its toll.

“But they have had an excellent start to the season. They will have their eyes on European qualification.

“With that, you can be talking another £20m, which would almost pay for James Rodriguez twice. That’s the way to look at it.”

Everton travel to face Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon (18 September).

After that comes a fixture against QPR in the League Cup before clashes with Norwich City and Man United take them up to the international break.

In other news, ex-manager issues “unprecedented” reveal as new details emerge on Southampton-Everton transfer.