Ramirez wanted by a host of clubs, Valencia lead the chase

By: Snehanjan Banerjee
Spain's wanted man - Sandro Ramirez

Bengaluru, December 6: High-flying Spanish side Valencia are well ahead in talks for their loan move for Everton's Sandro Ramirez, according to reports in Spain.

Sevilla have also registered their interest in the 22-year-old former Barcelona forward.

The Everton striker has scored just one goal since arriving from Malaga over the summer after a stellar season in La Liga. And amid reports the front man is seeking a return to Spain, Spanish media claim Valencia are chasing a short-term loan deal with an option to buy.

Los Che are currently second in La Liga after a brilliant start to the season and want to strengthen their squad. Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have also been linked with Sandro who is still highy rated in Spanish football.

The Barcelona academy product netted 16 goals in 31 games for Malaga and Everton won the battle for his signature. But the young Spaniard failed to find his form in England and Sam Allardyce may try to get him off the Goodison wage bill.

Valencia may not be able to cover the full cost of a deal as Spanish clubs outside Barca and Real Madrid do not boast the same financial might as mid-table Premier League sides but are hopeful that the striker will want to head back to his country to find his previous form.

Chelsea are also interested in the 22-year-old as Alvaro Morata has told Antonio Conte that he is a fan of his compatriot and wants him at Stamford Bridge to deputise him in the attack.

The former Barcelona attacker is a complete forward boasting good ability on the ball and will do well in a two-man attack Conte uses and could prove to be a very important squad player of the Blues.

Story first published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:23 [IST]
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