UPDATE: 2pm BST, Jan 31st
Sandro has passed his medical at Sevilla, and has been unveiled by the club today.
It was looking like it was going to happen and now a number of noted journalists are all reporting this simultaneously. Everton’s out-of-favour forward Sandro Ramirez will be going to Sevilla after all, on loan for the rest of the season.
The terms discussed are a €250,000 loan fee, with a €9 million option for an outright sale at the end of the season. Considering the Blues got him for €5.2 million at the beginning of the season, this represents value earned for the club.
On Sandro Ramirez loan move to Sevilla: Everton have received 250,000 (e) loan fee for him until the end of the season. Sevilla have option (not compulsory) to buy for 9m (e) if loan goes well— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) January 30, 2018
However, there will always remain the matter of potential. There was always the feeling that Sandro was being misused by first Ronald Koeman and now Sam Allardyce, under whom he’s barely had a sniff of the pitch.
He had been linked with a host of Spanish clubs, including Malaga where the Blues bought him from, as well as Valencia. In recent days, Newcastle United were also mentioned as a possible destination.
Sevilla have been busy during this January transfer window as they look to cement their place as one of the La Liga leaders, adding Roque Mesa from Swansea City. With Mesa playing the same position as Everton interest Steven N’Zonzi, it will remain to be seen if this Sandro move was partly to grease the wheels for that transfer.
Ideally, Sandro returns to Everton at the end of the season a more polished striker and hopefully the club can utilize him better, but as with most loans, it’s likely once he leaves he’s gone and not coming back.
Here’s wishing him all the best in the La Liga, and hope to see him again in the royal blue.