By Matt Bullin
Tottenham have been handed a huge boost in their attempts to sign Sandro Ramirez as Malaga manager Michel has admitted the club cannot hold onto him if he wants out.
Michel’s comments came after his sides 3-0 win over Celta Vigo at La Rosaleda Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Sport reported previously that Tottenham were interested in signing the 21-year-old star, who is believed to have a £5.1million release clause.
However it appears Everton are also interested in the forward as Ronald Koeman and Director of Football Steve Walsh were pictured by BarcaSpiral at the game.
Koeman was also seen in talks with Sandro’s agent, Gines Carvajal, underlining the Toffees intent to rival Spurs for his signature.
Speaking to Spanish publication Diario Sur, Michel said of Sandro’s potential move: “We cannot keep him if he does not want to go on…. We cannot make more efforts, we just wait for his decision.”
Sandro scored Malaga’s third goal on Sunday, meaning he now has 16 for the season from his 29 league and cup appearances.
Football Insider verdict
Michel’s comments will be music to Tottenham’s ears and they will likely step up their efforts to sign him after hearing them. The admission sounds like Malaga are resigned to losing Sandro this summer, and although his release clause is just over £5million, among the clubs interested, Spurs have the biggest financial clout. If there is to be a bidding war Spurs will win if they want the former Barcelona man. Because of his inexperience, it is unlikely Sandro would walk into the starting XI, but he would provide squad depth to Mauricio Pochettino’s forward options and has quality as shown by his goal scoring efforts this term.
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