For months, the media around Real Sociedad were very clear: Sandro Ramirez has been a poor signing and will not be kept at the club beyond the end of his loan from Everton.

Then last week, things changed.

Imanol Alguacil, the Spanish club’s manager, made it clear he’s been impressed by the player in training. That then led to claims he could push for the player to stay, and Sandro said he’d be proud to do so. 

Those who report most closely on Real Sociedad explained it was something of a disagreement between manager and board, with fans taking the side of those in charge of the club’s purse strings.

Now Mundo Deportivo reiterate that the forward, who hasn’t scored a goal since November 2017, wants to stay and absolutely wants an Everton exit.

However, it’s stated Real Sociedad ‘are not willing to make an investment of this magnitude’ for a player who doesn’t score goals.

It could be a play to get Everton to let him leave for free, as has been suggested previously, but even then the Basque club would have to come to an arrangement over Sandro’s high wages.

Imanol and his coaches may well be ‘delighted’ with the player’s attitude in training, but with the tenure of a manager ever decreasing, his view is unlikely to be the overriding one here.

Mundo Deportivo sound pretty sure it isn’t happening, although if it was free, and Sandro took a huge pay cut, then things may be different.

A goal or two would surely also help.