When top level strikers hit the market there is often a long line of suitors waiting to roll out the red carpet for their services.
Sandro Ramirez was no different, so when Everton first expressed interest they were up against some of the top clubs in the world.
Little did the Toffees know, however, that their interest in the Malaga striker was mutual.
“Since the moment I heard about Everton’s interest in me, it was an easy choice.”
He went on to note how Everton’s lengthy history of success in the Premier League was a major motivator.
“When a big club from the Premier League with as much history as Everton come knocking, it’s very interesting,”
Like any striker, the former Barcelona man was not only looking for a club that would offer success on a team level, but also one that would allow him to grow and flourish as he looks to build on an impressive 14-goal haul in last year’s La Liga campaign.
It is imperative that a striker feel like they are part of the plans moving forward and between his weekly salary (£120,000) and the support of everyone at the club, it’s obvious the U-21 Spain star knows what is expected of him and is excited to deliver.
“Ronald Koeman also showed a lot of faith in me and he is one of the main reasons why I’ve come here. I hope he has a big influence on my career.
“I had a couple of conversations with him and I felt I had the backing of him, as well as Steve Walsh and the rest of the backroom staff.”
Of course for Sandro, like all transfers, the first few weeks with a new club set a tone that often carries through a players time there. Luckily for Toffees fans, it appears he is settling in quite nicely both on the field and off.
In his first preseason match against Genk he assisted on Wayne Rooney’s goal, and his 30 minute substitute appearance against Ruzomberok was arguably the spark the squad needed to force in a goal.
Sandro will be hoping this Thursday’s return leg in Slovakia will be his first start for the club as Everton look to move on in the Europa League competition, with Koeman expecting him to be ready for the game.
No matter what happens though, it appears Sandro knows he is right where he is supposed to be, and has no reservations about the move to Goodison.
“I’m very, very happy to be here. I’ve had a fantastic welcome from the first minute I arrived and I’ve been really accepted by the dressing room.
“I’m glad I made the decision I did - I know I’ve made the right one.”
I would have to agree.