Everton have confirmed the signing of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga on a four-year deal.
The Toffees triggered a release clause in the 21-year-old’s contract, believed to be £5.25m, and he follows Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru in making the move to Goodison Park, with Michael Keane also undergoing a medical at the club on Monday.
Sandro scored 14 goals for Malaga in La Liga in 2016-17, having joined them from Barcelona last summer.
“This is a big step in my career,” Sandro told EvertonTV. “Everton is the ideal club for me, I’ve got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game.”
He added: “It’s a big jump in my career coming to the Premier League and for a club like Everton which is really on the up.
“They have got big plans and want to succeed and keep developing.”
“I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career,” Sandro told Everton’s website. “I know I’m signing for a massive club in England. Everton is the ideal place for me, I’ve got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game.
“I cannot wait to wear the blue shirt in front of the Everton fans at Goodison Park. It’s a big jump in my career coming to the Premier League and for a club like Everton which is really on the up. They have got big plans and want to succeed and keep developing. I’m hoping I can get to know my teammates as soon as possible, and want to adapt to the football and the way of life in the city.
“Everton have made some big signings and we’re hoping we can put in a great season and hopefully then we can achieve that aim of getting in the Champions League. It will be a big season for us.
“I was lucky enough to play with some of the best players in the world and managed to win the odd trophy but the important thing now is that I’m very happy to be signing for Everton. We’ve got a fantastic squad and I’m excited about being able to compete at Everton and win plenty of silverware.”
Sandro came up through the Barcelona youth system and made 32 appearances for the first team before a move last summer to Malaga, where he scored 16 goals in 31 games.
Atletico Madrid had been leading the race for Sandro, but their transfer ban stopped a potential move for him to stay in Spain.
The Sandro signing is another statement of intent by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, who smashed the club’s transfer record to sign goalkeeper Pickford from Sunderland last month.
Koeman said: “There was a lot of interest in Sandro because, of course, he’s a goal scorer, he’s young and he has a big future in the game. We have been trying to bring in good players so we can have greater productivity in the team and he will bring that. He will bring a lot of good qualities and he’s a really good goal scorer, too.”