Atlético Madrid are in a tricky situation this summer, as they might not be able to strengthen their squad if the Court of Arbitration for Sport doesn’t rule in their favour in the coming weeks.
Banned from registering new signings for the next transfer window, the La Liga side are looking to overturn the decision, which, if they fail to do so, could play in Everton’s favour.
Both sides are currently very interested in signing Malaga’s Sandro, and Estadio Deportivo in Spain claim that Diego Simeone’s side are the clear favourites, meaning that if the ban is overturned, Sandro will go there.
However, they also report that, unfortunately for Ronald Koeman, the player is reticent to leave Spain, which he could have done last years with offers from the Premier League and Bundesliga, but opted to stay in his home country, which is when Malaga came in and offered him his ideal destination.
With a release clause of €6m, however, keeping hold of him after the season he has had (16 goals and five assists) is near impossible, but it seems that, at 22 years of age, it might still be too early leaving for a challenge abroad like the one Everton are offering him.
Tottenham are also said to be interested, and even if they might appear more attractive than Everton for Sandro, it would still mean him having to adapt to a new culture.
The decision is expected to fall at some point in May, so we’re bound to find out soon enough.