Everton have agreed personal terms with Malaga forward and Tottenham target Sandro Ramirez as they show their intent to significantly bolster their ranks ahead of next season. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh travelled to La Rosaleda last weekend to cast their eye on the forward, who netted Malaga's third in their 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, and both have seen fit to activate his paltry £5.2m release clause.
Everton were not the only side interested in Sandro, a former Barcelona youth graduate. Along with Spurs, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have both been sniffing around the 21-year-old, but The Times report that he has rejected offers from the two Spanish outfits and has told Koeman et al that he wants to ply his trade in the Premier League.
After failing to light up the Camp Nou, Sandro has flourished at mid-table Malaga since joining from Barcelona on a free transfer last summer. The Spanish youth international has scored 16 goals for Los Boquerones this season and his performances have caught the eye of Everton, with Koeman keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season.
Tottenham have held an interest in Sandro for quite some time and were believed to be keen on signing him before he joined Malaga. Despite his impressive goalscoring exploits for Michel's men, it is unlikely that Sandro would be able to displace the likes of son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane and receive regular first-team football at Tottenham, who do have the added appeal of Champions League football.
His chances of a regular starting spot would be rather slim if he did join Tottenham, but Sandro would almost certainly see a lot of first-team action should he move to Everton. Koeman is keen to mould his squad into his own image with major additions in the summer and, with the futures of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku still far from certain, along with the expected exits of a number of fringe players, there should be plenty of room for the forward to strut his stuff with Everton.