There are reports that the young Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez has almost completed a deal to join Everton.
The team are said to have agreed to pay the 21 year old’s buy-out clause of £5.25 million. If true, it would take their spending this summer to over £60 million.
Ramirez is widely agreed to be one of Spain’s most promising young talents. He joined Barcelona’s youth set-up when he was just 14 and then went on to make 17 senior appearances for the club in which he scored two goals.
After he was released from Barcelona last year, Ramirez moved to Malaga where he had an excellent La Liga campaign. He scored 14 goals and registered three assists from just 30 appearances last season.
If Everton are able to complete the deal it means that they will have successfully beaten off competition from Serie A winners Juventus. Ramirez is currently away with Spain’s under-21 team in Poland so it is not known when there will be confirmation.
Earlier in this transfer window it looked as if Ramirez would sign a deal with Atletico Madrid but after their transfer ban, prohibiting them from making any signings until January next year, was upheld, Everton manager Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh were able to pounce and activate the release clause in Ramirez’s contract.
Just last week Everton signed former Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for a club-record fee of £30 million and as well as Ajax captain Davy Klaassen for £23.6 million.