By Matt Farr
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been given the green light to pursue deals for Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Everton chief has been given the go-ahead to open talks for the European-based duo, who impressed the Dutchman during a scouting mission last week.
Koeman, alongside director of football and recruitment expert Steve Walsh, personally scouted the pair and they have now been given the green light to open talks.
Sandro, 21, has been in fine goalscoring form for Malaga this season with 16 goals in all competitions, and caught the eye of the Everton chiefs with a goal in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Spanish publication Sport claim that the versatile former Barcelona attacker has a release clause in his contract worth a paltry £5.1million, which is an enticing prospect for Everton ahead of the summer transfer window.
Koeman is also keen on free-scoring Ajax midfielder Klaassen, meanwhile, but his fellow countryman could fetch a much larger fee.
It is said that Ajax have resigned themselves to losing the player in the summer and will accept offers of £20million.
The Mirror reports that Koeman is happy with that price tag.
He will now look to push through deals for the in-form duo as he continues to reshape Everton in his mould.
Football Insider verdict
Koeman will surely look to pick up where he left off in January by continuing his overhaul of the first-team squad. The Dutchman removed much of the deadweight several months ago, but still has work to do if he is to transform the Everton squad into a force capable of qualifying for the Champions League next season. But both Sandro and Klaassen could be fine additions to the club’s ranks, and considerable improvements for some of the current crop. The reported cut-price deal for Sandro will be particularly appealing, but Koeman should remain undeterred by the asking price for Klaassen, as the Dutch midfielder is a brilliant player.
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