While Everton have adopted a new approach with transfer deals this summer, namely getting them done quickly and efficiently, his move to Goodison Park has been anything but smooth.
11 days ago Paul Joyce, of the Independent and extremely trustworthy when it comes to the Blues, reported that Everton were close to securing his signature.
He claimed the player had already completed a medical and the move would be completed within 48 hours. That did not happen and, given Everton’s history of messing things up, fans started to get worried.
Numerous reports have appeared since then, with the general consensus being that the U21 European Championships was holding up his move. The strange suggestion that Real Madrid were now keen on him only added to the tension.
It seems Everton fans did not have to worry, though. If the latest reports are to believe, it is his current club that has been holding up the transfer all along.
According to Sid Lowe of the Guardian, the deal has been agreed and signed with Everton but Malaga are yet to sign off the transfer.
He adds that if they don’t do this by July 1st, when the transfer window officially opens, Everton will be unilaterally buying Sandro anyway because of the release clause in his deal.
Regardless of this, Lowe insists that Sandro will be an Everton player and fans should not worry.
Now, why Malaga are holding up the move is anyone’s guess. Presumably they are hoping to get Sandro’s replacement signed before he departs, making his exit a less bitter pill to swallow.
Nonetheless, it seems there was nothing to worry about. Sandro will be an Everton player at some point this summer. Although it may take at least another two days for it to be official.