Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle's hopes to secure the services of Barcelona starlet Sandro Ramirez before the end of the transfer window look all but ended after the La Liga giants had failed to lure Nolito to the Camp Nou. Mundo Deportivo reports that Celta Vigo's refusal to negotiate the departure of Luis Enrique will obligate Sandro to remain at the club until the end of the campaign.
The 20-year-old versatile forward has been linked with a move away from the Champions League winners in recent months after he had just started four La Liga games in the opening half of the season, having felt behind Munir in Luis Enrique's pecking order to back-up the starting trio former of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Recent reports in Spain claimed that despite Barcelona were ready to part ways with him during the January transfer window to make way for the expected arrival of Nolito. The Catalans giants are still keen to have Sandro in their plans for the future but were keen on letting him go should someone agree to pay his €12m (£9.1m, $13m) release clause, or even less if they manage to keep a buy-back option in the contract.
The club therefore reportedly rejected an offer from Real Betis to get his services on loan but were ready to listen the proposals from Tottenham and Newcastle.
The Mirror recently claimed that Mauricio Pochettino saw the player as an good alternative to back-up Harry Kane due to the Tottenham difficulties to sign West Brom's Saido Berahino and Marseille's Michy Batshuayi.
The Guardian later claimed that Newcastle were also interested in securing the services of the Barcelona amid Steve McClaren's intentions to bolster his attack, with recurrent links over Andros Townsend and Loic Remy. But it looks that the Premier League giants will have to look somewhere else to strengthen their attacks after Celta Vigo have rejected the Barcelona final offer to get Nolito.
Mundo Deportivo claims that, following Celta's snub, Luis Enrique wants to keep all his current squad ahead of the second part of the season, with Sandro staying alongside Munir as his attacking back-up. Barcelona closed the door to make any new transfers before the end of the transfer window, with only out of favour Brazilian right-back Douglas expected to leave the club on loan.