According to Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness, Sandro Ramirez is set to return to Merseyside in the summer as Real Sociedad have no interest in activating their option-to-buy.
The La Liga outfit had been toing and froing over whether or not to keep the Spaniard beyond his loan spell at the Anoeta Stadium, as the 23-year-old is still without a goal since opening his Everton account against Atalanta in 2017.
Unless he breaks his goal drought against Deportivo Alaves on Saturday evening, it will continue to stretch beyond 527 days.
Hitting 527 days without a goal, however, has led the Real board to make a final decision on the former U21 international’s future with them, and it’s bad news for Everton.
Mundo Deportivo wrote in their Friday edition that any consideration of keeping Ramirez via their option-to-buy has ‘dissipated’, and that they would not be making any moves to acquire his contract permanently.
He will now return to Merseyside once the Spanish league season draws to a close later this month, in a setback which will be sure to hamper Marcel Brands’ efforts to strengthen Marco Silva’s first-team.
Finding someone willing to buy a £65,000-a-week forward who cannot score will be near on impossible, and Ramirez will not become a free agent until 2021.
If we are able to find a club desperate enough to take him, it would be a miracle if the offer is also close to – or better than – the £5.2million we paid Malaga in 2017 when we activated his release clause.