Just as Marca and others are reporting Malaga’s ever increasing hopes of signing Sandro Ramirez from Everton in January, Valencia’s chase of the player is starting to have doubt creep in.

In their Saturday edition, AS state that whilst Sandro retains his ‘preferential’ status and Valencia want him as their main January signing, it’s not all going to be plain sailing.

That’s because of the ‘economic pitfalls’ associated with a deal. AS explain that Sandro is paid €5m per year at Everton, a figure likely to be quoted after tax, and this is high for Valencia.

Interestingly, if it’s too high for Valencia, it’s clearly also too high for Malaga, so the reason for Valencia perhaps having their move for Sandro shaken, should also apply to Malaga.

Everton’s potential demands are hardly being covered at the moment, and there’s an assumption, misplaced or otherwise, that the English club will be very easy to deal with and will facilitate a bargain loan or transfer.