In a summer of big money moves across world football, Everton pulled off one of the biggest coups in recent years
In a busy summer transfer window so far, the big clubs have all been keen to flex their muscles in preparation for next season.
Manchester City and Manchester United have both strengthened considerably, Chelsea have bought smartly while Liverpool and Arsenal have added in key areas to try and keep up. Only Tottenham Hotspur are yet to get going.
Outside of that top six, it is Everton who have been creating the biggest waves. Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh have added a whole new spine to the Toffees as they attempt to force their way into the upper tier.
Several of those signings have been big money captures, with Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen all arriving for fees of £20 million plus. Indeed, they are unlikely to be the last as a £50 million deal for Gylfi Sigurdsson edges closer.
While those are all smart signings and vast improvements on the Blues current options, it is the arrival of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga that is arguably the best.
At just £5.1 million, the Spaniard has been signed at a price far below his actual market value. In fact, in this current market of sky high prices, it can be argued he should have been moving for at least four times that amount this summer.
To put that goal tally into context, he managed more goals than Neymar and Karim Benzema and only one fewer than Alvaro Morata in La Liga. The latter recently joined Chelsea in a £60 million deal.
Kylian Mbappe, the current young superstar of world football, only managed one more league goal than Sandro did last season. He’s apparently on his way to Real Madrid for £160 million. Adrien Silva, the man Cristiano Ronaldo has named as the future of Portugal, only bettered him by two league goals.
At 22-years-old, his numbers were seriously impressive. Even more so when you factor in the team he was playing for once again.
The reaction from both Barcelona fans and the Barcelona based media should stand as further evidence that Everton have managed to secure one of the deals of the summer.
Both reacted with indignation to the move, the crux of the argument being that Barcelona’s failure to not insert a sell on clause into his move to Malaga was a serious oversight by all those involved.
They’ll be even more annoyed should he end up flourishing at Goodison Park. That’s far from a certainty but the prospects of it happening are certainly positive.
Even if it doesn’t, time is very much on his hands when it comes to his age. With Premier League and European football under his belt with the Toffees, Sandro could become a top player. Those at La Masia certainly think so.
His price tag this summer, in this era of mega deals, is almost obscene in how small it is for such a talented player. That is why Everton have already won this transfer window, regardless of what they end up paying elsewhere.
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