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Sandro Ramirez Castillo 9

The Summer 2017 transfer window had hardly opened when Everton completed the signing of Sandro Ramirez in a £5.2m transfer from Málaga.

The then 21-year-old striker was unveiled as Everton's fourth signing of the summer when a clause in his contract with the Spanish club allowing to leave if a minimum fee was offered came into effect.

Sandro agreed a four-year contract after Everton had been forced to be patient while Málaga ratified the deal, something they apparently refused to do until mandated by his release clause.

Everton beat off competition from Atletico Madrid for the Spain U21 striker, thanks largely to the La Liga club's six-month transfer embargo. There had been reports that Sandro might elect to stay at La Rosaleda and move to Madrid in the January window after he underwent a successful medical exam there.

After a week's reflection, however, the versatile forward opted for Everton where it was hoped he would provide much-needed pace and firepower, regardless of whether or not Romelu Lukaku remained at the club.

“I'm very happy, this is a big step in my career,” Sandro told evertontv. “I know I'm signing for a massive club in England. Everton is the ideal place for me, I've got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game.

“I cannot wait to wear the blue shirt in front of the Everton fans at Goodison Park. It's a big jump in my career coming to the Premier League and for a club like Everton which is really on the up."

Born on the Canary Islands, Sandro attracted the attention of Barcelona when he was playing for his hometown team of Las Palmas as a 14-year-old. He rose through the ranks at the Catalonian giants' La Masia academy and made his Barcelona B debut in 2013, scoring on that first appearance before going on to notch 15 goals in 61 games at that level.

Between 2011 and 2014 he represented Spain at every level between U16 and U21 before getting his chance in Barcelona's first team in 2014. Given his youth and inexperience, his opportunities were limited in one of the best teams in the world and he signed for Málaga on a three-year deal in July 2016.

In all, he scored 16 goals in 31 matches in all competitions in 2016-17, drawing the attention of Everton Director of Football, Steve Walsh, who identified him as a key target for the 2017 transfer window.

His career at Goodison Park never had the chance to ignite, however. Going from being a hero at Malaga, he never really got off the ground at  Everton.  He struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the English game amid the Toffees' own awful start to the season, one that eventually cost manager Ronald Koeman his job.

As his successor Sam Allardyce arrived to try and steady the ship, the stronger and taller Dominic Calvert-Lewin was preferred up front and he failed to make a single start under the new manager. Dropped from the first-team squad altogether by the turn of 2018, it became clear that Sandro was looking for a way out of Everton, and there were repeated claims in Spain of talks with other clubs. Valencia were the initial favourites,  but Everton weren’t about to surrender him cheaply despite the low fee they had paid, and wanted more money on a loan than the Spanish club wanted to pay. Deciding to sign Luciano Vietto instead, Valencia walked away.

Then Sandro was said to be completely set on Sevilla and didn’t mind he wasn’t their first choice, with Michy Batshuayi being the club's transfer priority. Sevilla waited until the end of the January window to go for their second option and Sandro was finally handed a route out of his frustrating spell on Merseyside with a loan move to Sevilla.

Completing his move to Sevilla on 30 January 2018, it took just a couple of days for the Everton-owned player to make it clear he’s not eager on a return. On the reasons he failed on Merseyside, Sandro said: “England is very different, the life is different, people are different, but now I come to a big city and a great club.”

Just two weeks into his loan spell, Sandro seemed to make his position even clearer. Quoted by Mundo Deportivo, the striker said: “I can honestly say that I want to continue at Sevilla. It was a complicated negotiation because Everton didn’t loosen the rope. In the end I was able to come and in two weeks I’ve seen it in my football, and what I want is Sevilla.”

The Spanish club reportedly had the option of making his transfer permanent in the summer of 2018 if all went well, although other sources suggest Everton didn’t agree a buying option with Sevilla, setting the stage for a possible battle of wills over the player who seems to have turned his back on Everton.



Squad number 9
Position Striker
Nationality Spanish
Born Las Palmas
Date of birth 9 July 1995
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Joined 3 July 2017
Joined from Malaga
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £5.2m
Contract duration 4 years
Contract expires June 2021
Debut (sub) v Ruzomberok (H)
27 July 2017
Full debut v Ruzomberok (A)
3 August 2017
Previous Clubs Barcelona

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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 9 3 (5) 0 4 (3) 1 7 (8) 1
  Totals 3 (5) 0 4 (3) 1 7 (8) 1

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances Goals
2013-15 Barcelona B 61 15
2014-16 Barcelona 17 2
2016-17 Malaga 30 14

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