By Danny Wright
Everton have completed the signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims that the 21-year-old has agreed terms to a five-year deal at Goodison Park for a fee of £5.25million after his release clause was activated.
It is understood that Everton have now spent over £60million on new recruits as Ramirez becomes Ronald Koeman’s fourth signing of the summer after Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru were all announced as Toffees players ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
The report says that the Premier Leage outfit have managed to fend off interest from Serie A champions Juventus and Atletico Madrid to snap up the ex-Barcelona forward.
Ramirez only moved to Malaga last summer after he was released from the Nou Camp.
He made 31 appearances across all competitions last term, scoring 16 goals, one of which came against Barcelona in a 2-0 win for Malaga in April.
The three-times Spain Under-21 international will join up with Romelu Lukaku in the Everton squad, who also showed that he has no such problems in finding the net as only Tottenham’s Harry Kane beat his tally in the Premier League in 2016/17.
Football Insider Verdict
Ramirez looks like he will be a great addition to Koeman’s squad. Everton have by far and away had the best transfer window so far and getting these deals done so early is crucial in helping the squad get familiar to working alongside each other and getting to grips with new tactics. However one bad thing is that this move certainly opens the door for Lukaku to leave. The Belgian powerhouse reportedly wants to play in the Champions League next season and has apparently turned down the chance to sign a new deal. Koeman will have to make some of the money back that he has already splashed and Lukaku might have to face the exit.
In other Everton news, this 27-year-old has revealed he held crunch talks about his frustration with Koeman.