Oh Sandro, we barely knew thee.
Having failed to make an immediate impact at Everton, it now appears that the Spanish forward could be on the move again, likely back to La Liga. The arrival of Cenk Tosun pushed him lower down the depth chart and the impending signing of Theo Walcott emphasizes that.
Paul Brown, reporting in today’s Daily Star, says that the Blues have turned down a loan bid for the forward from Spanish side Real Betis. The La Liga team proposed a loan move for the player with an option to buy at the end of the season, but it appears the Toffees have rejected this.
The article goes on to say the Blues are looking to sell Sandro outright, while making a profit on the measly £5.2million release clause they paid for him in the summer. The sum mentioned here is £8.8m, which remains a very low price in today’s inflated transfer market for a good forward.
Malaga have already ruled themselves out of the running for the player due to his high wages, while Sevilla and Valencia have also been mentioned as possible destinations, but both clubs have also balked at the player’s inflated Premier League salary.
Manager Sam Allardyce has mentioned a few times that he doesn’t feel Sandro is a good fit for the Blues, saying that he hasn’t taken the few chances he has been handed to prove himself and has also gone on to say that the Blues are looking to sell this January transfer window and not loan players out.
“He’s had two or three. I can’t give him any more chances than that because my job is about getting results on the pitch.
“He drops himself, picks himself. I don’t drop him.”
For the record, Sandro has featured in 15 games (7 starts) for the Blues across all competitions, with one goal in the Europa League.