Michael Brown believes Carlo Ancelotti could play a key role in Everton signing Real Madrid forward James Rodríguez.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Brown believes Ancelotti’s ability to attract players is the reason Everton appointed the Italian.

The Toffees and Rodríguez have agreed personal terms but they have yet to reach Real Madrid’s valuation of €25m, according to Bein Sports.

Ancelotti brought Rodríguez to Real Madrid in 2014 before signing him on loan for Bayern Munich three years later.

Asked by Football Insider whether he sees the Colombian international completing a move to Merseyside, Brown said: “You’ve got to look at the manager and look at who he knows and who he has worked with.

“Players will want to go to Everton and work with him, why would you not?

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“I think that’s why Everton chose him.

“You want players coming from the top leagues and you want them to be hungry, don’t you?

“They’ve wasted a lot of money and the expectations have raised. This time they’ve got to get it right.

“The spending capacity is unbelievable so they’ve got to get the signings right this time for me.”

Rodríguez played just 14 times for Real Madrid last season as he struggled with injuries.

The Colombian spent the previous two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich where he scored 15 goals in 67 games as the German giants won two league titles.

However they decided not to take up an option to make the move permanent.

He has 22 goals in 76 games for Colombia and has represented his country at two World Cups.

In other news, an Everton favourite has been backed to leave the club following a reported development.