Yesterday saw another player depart the Premier League for La Liga, as Sandro Ramirez joined Real Valladolid from Everton.
The Spanish striker is surplus to requirements at Goodison Park and loan spells at Sevilla, and Real Sociedad failed to reinvigorate his career over the last 18 months. The hope is that it will be third time lucky with Valladolid.
Indeed, earlier today we brought you reaction from across Spain and how Sandro’s move had been met with a wave of positivity.
Marca described it as ‘flashy’, El Desmarque explained how the club were confident that they can get the best out of him, and El Gol even explained that Ronaldo, the Brazilian legend, who owns Valladolid, ‘trusts the ability’ of the player.
The La Liga club presented Sandro this afternoon, and the club’s sporting director Miguel Ángel Gómez explained the inner workings of the deal.
“There is no purchase option in the transfer,” he said.
“Everton have been a gentlemanly club in the negotiations, and their behaviour with us is totally satisfactory. It opens a way for future negotiations. Salary is a confidential issue, but Everton have behaved quite well with us.
“We would like to own Sandro, but due to its characteristics it was very difficult.”
Given his less than stellar performances over the last 18 months, Sandro didn’t score for Sociedad or Sevilla, and only managed one goal at Everton; some will have questioned this move.
Gómez moved quickly to dispel any doubts, though, and explained what the club see in the forward and why they think his move will be a success.
“The qualities of Sandro are exceptional, you just have to look for the optimum moment of performance,” he added.
“You have to be patient and work with him. Sergio’s system, I think it benefits him, our coach has been a striker, the technical coach and the doctor have also gone through these situations and can help him.”