Sixteen games, one goal, and two assists. That is all Sandro Ramirez has so far managed to produce for Everton since joining the Toffees in 2017 for £5.2million, when Steve Walsh triggered his release clause at Malaga.
The 23-year-old has now returned to Spain with Real Valladolid in what is his third successive loan spell back in La Liga, after torrid stints with Sevilla and Real Sociedad which saw his goal drought stretch beyond 580 days.
But despite speculation that negotiations over the 5 ft 7 flop’s services included an option for the Estadio Jose Zorilla natives to turn his temporary deal into a permanent arrangement next summer for an undisclosed fee, Valladolid Sporting Director Miguel Angel Gomez has stated this is not the case.
In quotes reported by Sport Witness, he said: “There is no purchase option in the transfer.
“Everton have been a gentlemanly club in the negotiations, and their behaviour with us is totally satisfactory. It opens a way for future negotiations. Salary is a confidential issue, but Everton have behaved quite well with us.
“We would like to own Sandro, but due to its characteristics it was very difficult.”
Sandro is thought to earn £65,000-a-week a week with Everton, which would fracture the Valladolid wage structure in numerous ways, given the Blanquivioletas’ current highest-earner is their 27-year-old goalkeeper Keko on £22,284-a-week, while their average salary is £10,361.69-a-week.
With Sandro having another year left to run on his contract once he returns to Merseyside next summer, it would be hard to imagine Valladolid making strides that would see them be able to match his Toffees contract and reach an agreement to facilitate a permanent transfer. Loads of Everton fans, though, are very much keen to see the back of the Spaniard as soon as possible.
Here’s how these Blues supporters reacted to news that Valladolid do not have an option-to-buy…