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Misfiring forward could be set for return to Spain after miserable spell in England

Everton v Valencia - Pre-Season Friendly
Sandro Ramirez endured a nightmare first year in the Premier League
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Everton striker Sandro Ramirez has been linked with a move to Spanish club Celta Vigo.

Sandro, 23, has struggled since his £5.2m move to Merseyside from Malaga last summer, scoring once in 15 Blues appearances, and is now being tipped for a move back to La Liga with Antonio Mohamed’s side [Televisión de Galicia].

He returned to his home country in January for a loan spell with Sevilla, but failed to score for the club in 18 games.

Celta Vigo could be in need of striking reinforcements if their top scorer last season, ex-Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, moves to Real Madrid [Daily Mail].

Sandro is yet to feature for Everton this season and, after being left out of the matchday squad in Saturday’s win over Southampton, appears to now be below Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse and Calvert-Lewin in the Blues’ pecking order up front.

Everton manager Marco Silva made it clear that, despite being impressed with his attitude, it will be a tough season for Sandro should he stay at Goodison Park. Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, Silva said:

“I spoke with Sandro two weeks, three weeks ago, I was clear with him, he was clear with me.

“He did a good pre-season, he worked hard and took his position in our squad. He is a good professional, a very good professional.

“Of course, when he didn’t perform like he wanted to during his first six months with the club for him it is clear the competition will be tough – but not just for him but the others as well.

“But in my opinion he is ready to fight and ready to compete to take his position in the squad and help the squad to improve as well.

“About if he is leaving or not, I don’t have anything more to talk about.”

Any deal to send Sandro to Celta Vigo may depend on the likes of midfielder Jozabed, once of Fulham, and forward Claudio Beauvue, departing first. The move would need to be completed before the Spanish transfer window closes on August 31.