By Matt Farr
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague does not believe Everton or Tottenham will win the race to sign Sandro Ramirez this summer.
The 21-year-old finished the 2016-17 season in fine form for Malaga, where he contributed 16 goals and five assists from his 31 appearances in all competitions, and is understood to have caught the eye of several clubs.
The Times had claimed last week that Everton had agreed personal terms with the attacker ahead of a potential £5million move to Goodison Park, and that Sandro had set his sights on a move to the Premier League.
But Balague is confident that Sandro will instead choose to remain in La Liga, where Atletico Madrid are fronting the charge for his signature, which will be a major blow for both English clubs.
He told Sky Sports 1 during their coverage of La Liga on Sunday night: “His six million euros buy-out clause makes him one of the bargains of the summer and if everything goes the way he and Atletico Madrid want, he will go to Atletico Madrid.
“But Atletico may not be able to sign him and if that is the case there are Premier League clubs waiting in the wings.”
Atletico, however, may not be able to complete a deal for Sandro this summer, because they are still disqualified from signing new players under a FIFA-imposed ban.
But they have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and if successful, they could see their ban lifted.
That could allow them to push through a deal that would see Sandro continue his development in his homeland, and turn his back on a potential move to Everton or Tottenham in the English top flight.
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