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Everton still in the hunt for Spanish striker

Looks like Sandro is still in play

Malaga CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga
Sandro Ramirez
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The transfer saga surrounding striker Sandro Ramirez seems set to continue into this week. The Malaga player has a very low release clause of only £5.2m and is highly thought of after scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Everton are once again being linked with the forward, especially now that it looks like Romelu Lukaku will be transferring to Chelsea. Ronald Koeman had also made a scouting trip to Spain early in May to watch him play. The Mail go on to claim that the player will be flying to Liverpool tomorrow to negotiate a deal.

There were rumours last week that the player had an agreement with Atletico Madrid and even completed a medical with the club. However, Atleti’s transfer market ambitions were cut short when their ban was upheld.

In January 2016, Atletico and neighbours Real Madrid were banned from all transfers during the summer 2016 and winter 2017 windows after FIFA found they had on a number of occasions broken the laws regarding international transfers of players aged under 16.

Sandro Ramirez characteristics
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The 21-year-old is a product of the famed La Masia Barcelona Academy, and was released at the beginning of the 2016-17 season on a free transfer. He has a total of 32 appearances with the Blaugrana, scoring seven goals with a further 15 for the Barca B team in 61 games.

His performance against his former club a month ago in which he scored the opening goal so enraged Barcelona players that Luis Suarez apparently went over to him to say “Don't forget the hand that fed you”. To his credit, Sandro apologized if his celebration offended his former teammates and fans, but threw in a barb of his own saying “Now I'm indebted to Malaga”.

Everton have been searching for a reliable back-up for and Koeman is going to have to look at getting a couple of options to replace his goals.

There has been plenty of interest in the player in the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and newly promoted Newcastle all having scouted him this season.