By Abigail Withey
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is set to finalise a £5.2 million deal for Malaga’s Sandro Ramirez, according to a recent report.
The Mirror claim that the Toffees are expected to announce the 21-year-old’s transfer next week, as the club is currently waiting for the La Liga club to sign the forward’s release forms and fee.
The newspaper have revealed that personal terms and the Spaniard’s medical have been completed, and that the only hold up in the deal is on Malaga’s half with the deal stalling.
It is said that the La Liga outfit are waiting until July 3 to sign the forms, which is why there is a delay.
Koeman is keen to finalise the deal after Sandro provided an incredible performance over the previous season in Spain.
The Spain Under-21 international forward made a total of 31 appearances for the club, netted 16 goals and provided five assists throughout the 2016/17 season.
After signing the deal, Sandro is said to be jetting off on holiday, rather than joining the majority of the Toffees squad in pre-season training next week as the Merseyside boss wants the 21-year-old to have a well-earned rest.
Ramirez will be Everton’s fourth signing, after Koeman has already secured a record-fee deal for Jordan Pickford, Davy Klassen, and also Henry Onyekuru, who revealed that he was joining Everton on his own Instagram account despite the club not officially announcing his move.
Football Insider verdict:
The Toffees boss seems to be having a busy transfer window already, and adding the centre-forward would be a triumphant signing for Koeman. At just 21-years-old, Sandro gives Koeman a long-term solution as his current forward Romelu Lukaku’s future still remains uncertain. If Lukaku remained at Everton for another season Ramirez would be an ideal back-up for the Belgian, and should the goal-machine leave at the end of his contract in 2019 then the former Barcelona trainee with be able to slot straight into the role. Either way, the Malaga star shows impressive talent which could be exploited by the Merseysiders, which would help the club with their 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
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