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Koeman given 'green light' to sign Sandro

| Wednesday, 10 May 2017  82 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton could make a move for Malaga striker Sandro after Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh were reportedly spotted scouting him recently.

According to The Mirror, the management team have been given the go-ahead to start negotiations with the 21-year-old former Barcelona man and could secure him for as little as £5m.

Malaga have agreed to honour a clause in Sandro's contract that allows him to leave that amount but a report in Spain suggests that Sevilla already have an outline agreement in place with the player and could be in pole position if he prefers to stay in La Liga.

Original Source: The Mirror  

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Paul Lye
1 Posted 10/05/2017 at 07:44:35
I would love this to be true as, if reports are to be believed, he seems a good prospect at 21, although I'll only believe it when he's stood holding the shirt!
Will Mabon
2 Posted 10/05/2017 at 08:08:02
Hard to guess the truth in view of the source. I wonder though, how has this one apparently got to this stage without so far, being usurped by the usual suspects?

With quality players, the normal pattern is, we identify and pursue a target. It's reported, then a period of quiet. Next time it's mentioned, we are listed but now with one or more of the "Big Six" also linked.

Another lull – then the next round of rumours cite one or more of you-know-who, but without mention of Everton... etc.

Can we read anything into this?

Peter Thistle
3 Posted 10/05/2017 at 08:10:37
I watched him last night and thought he's pretty decent, on a good run of form. For cheap cash, he's definitely worth a try.
Mike Berry
4 Posted 10/05/2017 at 08:12:15
I hope this is true as, at 21 he is already showing great signs, and at a €5M buyout, many teams will be chasing him. The sooner we wrap this one up the better
Brian Porter
5 Posted 10/05/2017 at 08:33:21
Please make this one happen, sooner rather than later for once, Everton. There's no reason on earth why the club can't have the negotiations completed early and get this guy signed on the dotted line as soon as the transfer window opens.

I have watched him numerous times. He's hard working, a real team player and a proven goalscorer. In fact, I'd go as far as saying his goals have almost single-handedly pulled Malaga out of the relegation zone into virtual mid-career safety in La Liga.

He would make a massive difference to our squad and is the type of signing that could convince others such as Rom and Ross to rethink any plans to leave this summer.

Alan McGuffog
6 Posted 10/05/2017 at 08:46:36
Agree Brian... especially at a decent price. Problem comes if the big boys like Norwich or Fulham come a sniffin'.
Lori Fekete
7 Posted 10/05/2017 at 08:54:40
Yesterday, Sky were reporting Seville have agreed to sign him, but I can't find it on their feed now so might have been more bollocks
Bob Parrington
8 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:02:25
HA! Ha! Alan. :) :)
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:04:55
This Summer's Gueye? Looks an absolute bargain at £5m (in a world where Cleverley is worth £8m and Bolasie £28m) but if Sevilla are in for him then he may prefer a very good club closer to home. Let's hope he's a mercenary and comes for the higher wages!
Erik Dols
10 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:08:43
I have no idea what his wage demands and signing fee will be, but at €5 mil for a 21-year-old player who scored 14 goals in La Liga, that's a no-brainer really.

Problem is, at €5 mil it's a no-brainer for every manager in the Premier League who reads this news in a paper or on a website.

Paul Baker
11 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:09:28
Walsh and Koeman were not "reportedly" spotted at the game, they were there for all to see.

As for the player – the reported £5m is a ridiculous steal (considering we supposedly offered twice as much for Belfodil).

He's relatively quick, possesses very good positioning skills and vision, plus an exemplary work-rate. He's great at taking free kicks too, having already scored 5 from dead ball situations this season. Not prolific in the air at all though and signing him would only make sense if Koeman intends on playing two up front next season, if you ask me.

It's most likely he'll stay in Spain, though, with Sevilla, Atletico or Valencia the most likely destinations.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:15:07
If we are that close to him, can he sign a pre-contract agreement now?
Jonathan Tasker
13 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:26:57
"According to the Mirror" – at which point, I stop reading.
Terry Underwood
14 Posted 10/05/2017 at 09:32:37
Yawwwwn.... wake me up when it's a done deal.
Dan Egerton
15 Posted 10/05/2017 at 10:12:25
Anyone who scores a brace against Barcelona is worth a punt. I've been a fan of his for a while now, and would love him to sign for Everton.
Chris Gould
16 Posted 10/05/2017 at 11:49:15
Dave, I don't think a player can sign a pre-contract agreement until he enters the last 6 months of his contract. Sandro's current contract runs until 2019.
Scott Hall
17 Posted 10/05/2017 at 12:37:45
Exciting, good player, would like to see him in a blue..... oh wait It's the Daily Mirror.

As you were. Nothing but fresh bullshit to see here.

Ian Burns
18 Posted 10/05/2017 at 12:47:17
I watch a lot of Spanish footie and I've noticed Sandro a few times this season, along with a few others I might add. Not that I have studied the lad – just noticed him as he is a decent player but not a lone striker I would have thought.

Not a striker but only if we could get Isco – not a chance I know but he is what we need.

Peter Cummings
19 Posted 10/05/2017 at 14:28:17
In this age of megabucks, if this guy is as good as has been described why is he only being offered for €5 mil, or is he... ??

The fact is, I believe that this is just another rumour – one of many that will circulate until the summer window opens when rumours become facts. If his talents are as good as reports say, we will be up against the big money brigade for his services with an inevitable outcome.

Craig McFarlane
20 Posted 10/05/2017 at 15:03:52
Peter @19,

The reason he is available for £5m is that is the release clause in his contract, nothing the selling club can do with regards to the value.

Whether or not we'll get him is up for debate and it looks trickier now Sevilla and Dortmund are being mentioned as potential suitors, but we will wait and see...

Denis Richardson
21 Posted 10/05/2017 at 16:46:34
Hope the club can make this happen. A clause for €5m is bugger all. That's not even one years wages for Barkley in his new contract offer!

Put a bid in to trigger talks with the player and get it signed asap so he can join on 1st July.

Gary Edwards
22 Posted 10/05/2017 at 16:53:10
Here we go... this summer's transfer merry-go-round has well and truly started.

What read "Lucas Perez" in 2016 now reads "Sandro" – though may as well be "Sandra". There's 4 months of this to go ... can you handle it?

Paul Nicholls
23 Posted 10/05/2017 at 17:22:28
Gary @ #22. Nail. On. Head.

Suspect we'll spend the next three months getting ourselves all aroused at the thought of signing these 'big' names, only to find ourselves with brewer's droop when the new season kicks off. Forgive the cynicism gents, borne of bitter experience.

David Barks
24 Posted 10/05/2017 at 17:24:43
Why not go all out for a player like James Rodriguez, make a real statement of intent? Of course, Koeman might drop him to counter the masterful Swansea City tactics.
Steve Ferns
25 Posted 10/05/2017 at 17:50:55
David, because James would be a very expensive statement, and even more expensive when you consider what he'd actually do for the side. He'd be our Robinho in more ways than one.

Personally, I'd prefer to go for more astute signings and for our statement to be claiming 4th next season.

Kieran Kinsella
26 Posted 10/05/2017 at 18:34:29
Former Barca prodigy, playing well in a major European league. Sounds good. Let's bring him back from AC Milan.
David Barks
27 Posted 10/05/2017 at 20:10:28

Man City's signing of Robinho had a massively positive effect on their side and reputation around the world. It signaled them as players with the big boys. Many articles have been written about it more recently where the common knowledge at the time of him being a failure was in fact far more positive as it led to their ability to attract players that would previously never consider them.

James Rodriguez is a very talented player and known around the world. That is the type of player that we should be going for if this new ownership does in fact have any real ambition. Not the likes of Bolasie.

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 10/05/2017 at 21:27:23
Chris Gould (16) thanks for that, I think you are right over that.
Colin Glassar
29 Posted 10/05/2017 at 22:04:09
I heard we're looking at the latest red-hot prospect coming out of Greece. Scores for fun, can play anywehere, three footed etc . goes by the name of Vellios or maybe it's Tarashaj or was it Henen? I'm not sure now...
Anthony Dwyer
30 Posted 10/05/2017 at 23:38:12
The price of this kid means he's a bargain. We need some top notch players, and we also need some bargains.
Phil Walling
31 Posted 11/05/2017 at 09:33:46
There are very few bargains to be had in high level football these days because most so described come with baggage.

Only 18 months ago, Russia's 'Player of the Year ' was described as such and just reflect on what a bargain he proved to be!

Andrew Ellams
32 Posted 11/05/2017 at 19:11:34
To be fair Phil Russia's player of the year probably wouldn't score 15 goals in La Liga
Rick Pattinson
33 Posted 11/05/2017 at 23:38:52
£5 million – let's hope the powers that be pull out all the stops for him... absolute steal at that price.

Wrap it up before he's snapped up by our neighbours and we are left with Kone and Niasse leading our attack!!

Darryl Ritchie
34 Posted 12/05/2017 at 07:41:34
Get it done! Get done soon!
Gary Edwards
35 Posted 12/05/2017 at 13:07:15
This morning's report re: Sandro – "Everton target ‘bored' of his agent's games."

Further reports:

"The problem here is his agent, who has been pre-agreeing personal terms with nearly every club interested, including Ronald Koeman's Everton, making life difficult for his client.

Sandro is said to be ‘getting tired' of his agent's behaviour, and everyone else involved, including Malaga, would like to know, sooner rather than later, where he will be going."

I believe this is the same agent that Kenwright is chummy with; it's the normal mess.

Everton generally appear to be very amateurish in the transfer market; it's a sad reflection on the luvvie and spiv that preside over our transfer business. Surely they have to go?

Ian Bennett
36 Posted 12/05/2017 at 17:07:02
Defoe on a free is a no-brainer to me. Go and get him.
Tom Bowers
37 Posted 12/05/2017 at 17:20:31
The usual rumours. Pinch of salt, guys!
Dan Egerton
38 Posted 13/05/2017 at 13:52:37
More than a pinch of salt. Koeman was photographed last week watching him play.
Kieran Kinsella
39 Posted 13/05/2017 at 13:59:39
This guy may be a Walsh diamond but the facts give some reason for caution. He seems similar to Deulofeu in that he didn't quite make it at Barca and has suddenly caught the eye after one good half season.

Lucas Perez and Reyes were doing well at lesser Spanish clubs but failed in England. Michu bizarrely had one amazing season then turned crap. So, if we do get this guy, I see him as more of a 50/50 shot than a banker.

Jer Kiernan
40 Posted 13/05/2017 at 14:35:08
Why are we even discussing this? We should be waking up to read this deal is done.

When competing with genuine monied clubs, it's important to be discreet in the market. £5mil is spare change to us... it means even less to bigger clubs

Send a scout watch the videos and get the deal done

Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 14/05/2017 at 08:51:47
According to The Times, Everton have agreed personal terms with Sandro.
Shane Corcoran
42 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:02:09
Yes Jer, there are so many other clubs getting deals done and making them public in mid-May.

Maybe it's all talk, maybe he has interest from elsewhere, maybe he doesn't want to think about it until the season's end.

Sam Hoare
43 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:26:15
Sounds like our first transfer in. Not much downside at £5m... fingers crossed. The start of a busy Summer for Walsh and Koeman. Go get Butland, a dominant centre-back, and a quality playmaker please.
Martin Nicholls
44 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:35:24
Sam (#43) – not sure about Butland, who would not come cheap.

Would you and others be advocating spending big money on an outfield player who has not played a first-team game in over a year due to injury? I know I wouldn't!

Ian Hollingworth
45 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:37:10
If only we could trust Boys Pen Billy and his cronies to get this done.
Kevin Rowlands
46 Posted 14/05/2017 at 10:31:48
If this gets Lukaku closer to the exit door, I'm all in!
Sam Hoare
47 Posted 14/05/2017 at 10:53:26
Martin @44, he's played a first team game in the last 24 hours! And played well.

I think Butland is a step above Pickford and Schmeichel. Why on Earth we didn't go for him a few years ago when Howard was on the way out and he was available for around £3m I don't know!!

Ian McDowell
48 Posted 14/05/2017 at 11:00:18
I've not seen him play but I just had a look at him on Football Manager. Very good on that. Quick with a good first touch and a good finisher. Hope he is as good in reality.
Robert Elliott
49 Posted 14/05/2017 at 11:42:06
Any time now, the Liverpool Echo will come along and state the deal is nowhere near as advanced as reported and in actual fact we are facing an uphill struggle to sign him as every top club in Europe is in for him!
Colin Glassar
50 Posted 14/05/2017 at 12:11:50
Looks like Liverpool might have agreed terms to sign Maguire and Robertson from Hull in the summer. I really rated Robertson as a replacement for Bainsey.
Nicholas Ryan
51 Posted 14/05/2017 at 12:33:59
Colin, Martinez had Robertson lined up to join us, when he was playing in Scotland. The fee was £1.5m. It was all ready to go, then mysteriously didn't. Never really been explained. But, I agree, as Baines II, he fits the bill.
Colin Glassar
52 Posted 14/05/2017 at 12:40:43
There's quite a few really good possible replacements for Leighton out there, Nicholas. Robertson, Bertrand, Ake, Rahman etc . I don't know if we have anyone in the Under-23 team coming through but Baines, sooner or later, will need replacing.
Gavin Johnson
53 Posted 14/05/2017 at 12:46:53
I'm not sure the deal with Robertson went beyond casual interest. We were heavily linked in the papers. If there was some kind of offer I'm not at all surprised the player opted for Hull over us. Bainesy was a couple of years younger and Garbutt was also coming through at the time.

Since then, Baines has had more injuries and age is slowly catching up, and Garbutt is struggling to get games at Championship level. Now might be the time for the lad to sign.

Rob Halligan
54 Posted 14/05/2017 at 12:55:56
Two other left backs who could be good replacements for Baines are Cresswell at West Ham and Chilwell at Leicester. Both are good attacking full backs, and Cresswell has a mean shot in his locker.

Either could be worth a cheeky bid in the summer.

Colin Glassar
55 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:00:11
Rob, like I said there's quite a few really good left backs out there. It's a question of our Dynamic Duo getting their fingers out and doing some early transfer business for once. I won't be holding my breath though.
John G Davies
56 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:00:42
Young lad at Celtic is going to be a player: Tierney.

Probably too big a step for him next season but I would buy him now with the following season in mind.

Rob Halligan
57 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:03:51
Early transfer business is essential, Colin. Our first game of next season is ten weeks next Thursday!!
Colin Glassar
58 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:12:15
Hopefully Ronald will take them to train with Ajax during their training camp in Holland. They really know how to move the ball quickly and positively. Plus, we could also get to see first hand some of their young stars.
Chris Williams
59 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:13:43
On the basis that Koeman has said that in the recent past that Baines has been one of the players of the season, I doubt if this is a priority.

But early signings are vital as has been said. When does the window actually open?

Martin Nicholls
60 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:13:54
Sam (#47) – my mistake, must try to keep up!

I agree with you that, based on his pre-injury form, I'd take him ahead of Pickford (who I've yet to be convinced about) or Schmeichel who is about 6 years older.

I'd still like to see him prove his fitness and form over a longer period before spending big money. We've had/got enough sicknotes (I don't include Seamus in this!!) as it is!

Rob Halligan
61 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:19:29
The transfer window actually opens on 1st July, so doesn't give much time to bed new players in. I think any transfer deals can be arranged prior to this date though, but obviously the player cannot sign until 1st July.
Chris Williams
62 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:33:54
Dear God, Rob. That is a long way off still.
Colin Glassar
63 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:48:58
With Hull getting relegated, does that mean we're stuck with Niasse again? I can't see Hull wanting to sign him now.
Rob Halligan
64 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:55:48
God, I hope notm Colin. He's been absolutely awful this afternoon. Been on his arse more times than not, and continuously running into Palace play when he had the ball.
Colin Glassar
65 Posted 14/05/2017 at 14:01:41
Maybe Newcastle will sign him, they like to throw away money.
Colin Glassar
66 Posted 14/05/2017 at 14:15:02
C'mon you Hammers!!
Brian Williams
67 Posted 14/05/2017 at 14:17:07
Haha Colin. Just settled down to watch that game and said "Come on West Ham" at the same time as opening TW on my fone to see your own shout... great minds!
Eddie Dunn
68 Posted 14/05/2017 at 14:18:56
Nathan Redmond would be the one I would go for. Defensively, Leighton Baines has been solid but we have seen so little of him going forward and watching Redmond on MotD, and Davies's cameo at right back, that it was a reminder that it has been some time since our Leighton made such runs.
Colin Glassar
69 Posted 14/05/2017 at 14:44:08
ABT Brian. Redmond is a winger, Eddie. Are you suggesting replacing Bainaar with RedBain?
Colin Glassar
70 Posted 14/05/2017 at 16:50:56
I hear Modric might be released by Madrid. Any takers for a 31-year-old creative midfield player?
Tony Hill
71 Posted 14/05/2017 at 17:00:39
Yes, very much so, Colin. He's one of those players whose body shape and fitness will allow him still to be performing at a high level at the age of 36 and I think he's excellent. I would be straight in for him.
Sam Hoare
72 Posted 14/05/2017 at 17:14:44
In a heartbeat, Colin. For a while, we have been crying out for a Modric, Silva, Coutinho, or Eriksen type who can just dictate the pace of the game and move the ball effectively. It's very clear now that Barkley is not going to be that player for us.

I can't imagine Modric will be short of offers but that type of player should be our No 1 priority. I'm not convinced that Sigurdsson can quite do it (though I'd happily take him too – we need more goals/assists all over) so I hope Walsh has a rabbit to pull out of his bag.

Colin Glassar
73 Posted 14/05/2017 at 17:23:56
Sounds like Madrid want Eriksen to replace Modric.
Soren Moyer
74 Posted 14/05/2017 at 17:57:25
Transfer window opens on 9 June.
Paul Birmingham
75 Posted 14/05/2017 at 23:57:19
Reality is that we have been here so many times; this time is the club serious, will Steve Walsh and the EFC scouting presence do the business?

This season more than most in the past will mean more. Surely the lessons of our past transfer dealings and piss-poor planning are lessons learned?

If we don't, then next season could be trouble, big trouble... Let's hope that this time the board strike early and allow gelling time for any new players.

Surely now EFC is serious about being taken serious?


Donald Neville
76 Posted 15/05/2017 at 04:06:42
Just read on Bleacher Report that Sandro told Sevilla no and Everton has some sort of agreement in place for him. Also Everton issued a £10mil for Pickford. Two good signings if true.
Gary Edwards
77 Posted 16/05/2017 at 11:24:45
Re: Left-back – let's not overlook Antonee Robinson from the U23s, IMO, he's about ready... but what do I know? Galloway is back too, he played well in the 1st half of 2015-16.
Rob Halligan
78 Posted 16/05/2017 at 11:40:05
Soren Moyer (#74). Don't know where you've got that information from, but the summer transfer window definitely opens on July 1st .

When does the transfer window open?

Although plenty of talks, negotiations and a whole host of deals will be wrapped over the coming weeks – especially with players coming to the end of their respective contracts – English clubs can officially start trading again from Saturday 1 July 2017.

Rob Halligan
79 Posted 16/05/2017 at 11:53:20
Link for the above .

Chris Williams
80 Posted 16/05/2017 at 12:00:46

So it's still a bloody long way off.


Rob Halligan
81 Posted 16/05/2017 at 12:04:43
Afraid so, Chris. 6 weeks on Saturday to be exact.
Chris Gould
82 Posted 16/05/2017 at 12:07:30
A number of country's transfer windows open on 9th June, including some European countries. It's a bit odd as you would imagine that it gives them a huge advantage.

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