We're going to need a Times bod with access, to copy and paste it. I don't have a subscription. I wonder If Deulefeu will have had some influence on this lads future destination. He must know him quite well. Oh! and BTW. Is he a nigerian 21?
Everton have agreed personal terms with Malaga striker Sandro as part of Ronald Koeman’s restructuring of the Merseyside’s club squad. The Spain under-21 international has a £5m release clause in his contract with the Liga side, who he joined on a free transfer from Barcelona last July.
Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also interested in the 21-year-old, but Sandro has rejected a contract offer from Sevilla and informed Everton that he wants to move to the Premier League. A product of Barcelona’s academy system, Sandro scored seven goals in 32 first-team appearances for the Catalan club.
His first campaign at Malaga has seen the 1m75 centre forward establish himself as one of Spain’s leading marksman, delivering 14 goals from 26 starts for the mid-table club. The relatively low value of Sandro’s buy-out is a product of Barcelona’s failure to activate a clause that would have allowed them to retain the forward for a further year last May.
Everton’s leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku is wanted by Chelsea as a replacement for Diego Costa, who is in dispute with the newly crowned Premier League champions over their failure to offer an improved contract. Although Lukaku has informed Koeman that his wish is to move to another club this summer, Everton are posturing over the Belgian’s transfer fee, indicating that only a domestic record figure would be acceptable to them.
Everton may also be forced to sell Ross Barkley with Koeman imposing a public deadline of next week for the Englishman to accept the club’s offer of an improved contract. “I spoke to the player, I can’t do more,” said Koeman. “He needs to decide what his future is - in Everton or away from Everton.
“The reason why it takes so long is maybe that the player will doubt about his future and everybody has the own ambition to play Champions League football. All the players of Everton, including the manager, would like to continue into making the next step. And what we did this season to make it be better the next. He can be part of that, if he doesn’t like to part of that - then okay.”