By Alex Stevens
Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez has snubbed an offer from Everton to join Atletico Madrid this summer, according to a report.
Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo claim the in-demand forward has made his mind up to make a move to the Champions League semi-finalists.
It is said that the only snag is that Atletico are still disqualified from signing anyone until their Fifa-imposed transfer ban is lifted although the club are hopeful the Court of Arbitration for Sport will overturn the suspension.
— Estadio Deportivo (@Estadio_ED) May 17, 2017
Ramirez’s decision will be a huge blow to his other suitors, who include Premier League outfit Everton.
Manager Ronald Koeman has personally scouted the striker and a report in the Times claimed last week that the cash-rich Merseysiders have agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old.
The English newspaper reported that Sandro had informed Everton that he wanted to move to the Premier League as they prepared to activate the £5million release clause in his contract.
Sandro has enjoyed a fruitful campaign at Malaga, netting 16 times in 30 matches in all competitions, including five in his last four games, since his move from Barcelona in 2016.
This impressive form has seen the striker called up to the Spain U21 squad, where he has gone on to make three appearances.
In other Everton transfer news, the club will now turn their sights to a new striker target available at a bargain price after missing out on Ramirez.