Malaga sensation Sandro Ramirez will reportedly move to Atletico Madrid if Los Colchoneros' Fifa transfer embargo is lifted. Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Villarreal and Sevilla have all been linked with the former Barcelona forward in recent weeks but Estadio Deportivo claims that the player has his heart set on a move to Diego Simeone's side.
The 21-year-old has attracted the attention of a number of clubs after a standout season in his debut campaign at La Rosaleda. The Canary Islander has scored 16 goals in 30 appearances for Los Boquerones since arriving from Barcelona as a free agent.
Last month Sport reported that Tottenham, Villarreal and Sevilla were all monitoring the situation after having discovered that he has a release clause in his contract worth just €6m (£5.1m, $6.6m).
Later AS claimed Liverpool, Everton and Atletico Madrid had joined the race for his services as the player himself confirmed that he had received several offers to leave Malaga.
The Toffees appeared to put themselves in pole position to get his signature after manager Ronald Koeman was spotted with Sandro's agent Gines Carvajal at Las Rosaleda during the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on 7 May.
The Times later reported that the meeting was fruitful and Sandro had agreed personal terms to move to Everton after rejecting a proposal from Sevilla.
However, local publication Estadio Deportivo is now claiming that the former Barcelona forward will snub both the Andalucian side and Everton to move to Atletico Madrid – but only if their current Fifa transfer embargo is lifted.
Estadio Deportivo points out that Sandro previously had offers to move to the Premier League and the Bundesliga during his days at Barcelona.
Tottenham were linked with him during the January transfer window of the 2015-16 campaign when Mauricio Pochettino was looking for a forward to back up Harry Kane.
However, Estadio Deportivo says the Spaniard decided then to move to Malaga to continue in his homeland and will do the same this summer by joining Atletico Madrid – if Los Colchoneros are given the green light to make new additions.
Malaga Hoy, another local publication, added that Sandro may not be the only player swapping La Rosaleda from the Vicente Calderon in the summer as Atletico are also considering meeting the €18m release clause of Ignacio Camacho.
The publication also claims that Daniel Levy's yacht has been moored at Malaga port since Saturday but failed to clarify whether the trip of the Tottenham chairman to Spain was related with any potential transfer between the clubs.