There’s no big optimism in Portugal that Sporting will be able to land Sandro Ramirez from Everton in the January transfer window.

Yesterday, we covered a story from A Bola which claimed the Lions have interest in signing the player on a loan deal until the end of the season. But for it to happen, both Sandro and Everton would have to lower their demands.

Signing a Premier League player would be a big deal for a Portuguese club, so it’s quite interesting that the story didn’t get much echo in the other local papers today.

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O Jogo, for example, only left a side note to talk about the interest this Tuesday, and not with much enthusiasm.

They affirm that Sandro is indeed an alternative for the club, who failed on signing Luciano Vietto from Atletico Madrid.

But the ‘high demands’ are blocking the deal, at least for now. Sandro is said to make €3m after tax per season (in Spain it’s been reported as €6m), and that’s definitely not something Sporting can afford.

A Bola had a big story today, but it doesn’t mean they’ve managed to find anything out.

The newspaper who broke the news yesterday now claim that it should now be a ‘patience game’ between the clubs.

The outlet tried to contact Sandro’s agent Ginés Carvajal, but the reply was: “I have nothing to say about this subject. I’m sorry. Hugs.” 

They also managed to speak to Sandro himself, who replied saying “I know nothing.”

So the leak is obviously coming from Sporting, who don’t seem that confident that Sandro will leave Everton to play for them.