Have Everton Just Made the Signing of the Season?

By on 6th July 2017

There is a long way to go before the summer transfer window of 2017 finally shuts and there’s no doubt that some seriously high profile deals have yet to go through. While Arsenal and Manchester City have already made some moves, both have been relatively quiet and that’s also the case over at Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool.

While the top six from the 2016/17 Premier League campaign remain subdued, there’s no doubt that Everton, who finished behind them in seventh place, are the summer’s early pacesetters.

Striking Deals

Ronald Koeman’s side have been so busy that they may have already landed the signing of next season – but we’re not referring to £30 million keeper Jordan Pickford, Ajax’s skipper Davy Klaassen or England’s promising centre-back Michael Keane. While those transfers dominated the headlines, the acquisition of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga went under the radar to an extent and the former Barcelona man could prove to be the best of the lot.

At £5.25 million, this could prove to be an absolute bargain for a man who scored 14 goals in 30 matches for a struggling La Liga side in the previous campaign. Prior to leaving the Nou Camp at the start of last season, Sandro had already been linked with a move to Spurs along with a number of additional Premier League sides, who may ultimately regret not beating Everton to the striker’s signature.

Logical Step

The switch could prove to be a productive one for the player, too, as he looks to break into Spain’s national side. It’s been a frustrating couple of seasons for Sandro but at 21, it’s time to gain experience and more game time at the highest level.

While he had been at Barcelona since 2013, the chances of any forward breaking into that first team are almost impossible right now. Barca are 10/11 joint-favourites in the La Liga betting markets and the reason why they, along with Real Madrid, are so hotly tipped to take the 2017/18 title lies in their strike force.

With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar leading the line, Sandro was never likely to get a chance to establish himself and a modest return of two goals from 17 league games for the Catalan giants reflects the fact that many of his appearances came from the subs bench.

Back in the Big Time

At Malaga, Sandro was able to make more of an impact as he quickly became a regular starter in the team. Fourteen goals for a mid-table side is a healthy return and it represented just under a third of his side’s collective total for the 2017/18 campaign.

With Romelu Lukaku set to finally leave Goodison Park, it’s likely that Everton will pursue further signings and rumours connecting former striker Wayne Rooney with a return to the blue half of Merseyside are continuing. However, Sandro Ramirez has shown enough qualities in his young career to suggest he can be trusted to lead the line in a very new-look Everton side next season and at just £5.25m, he could yet prove to be the bargain of the summer.

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