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Everton news and transfers LIVE – Lookman ‘keen’ on Goodison exit, Tosun praises Blues, Sandro pursuit revealed
27 Jun
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Sandro Salary

This is a pretty interesting anecdote from Mark Douglas of the Newcastle Chronicle.

Douglas recounts the Magpies’ chase for Sandro Ramirez last summer, and reveals Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley were actually close to landing the Spaniard until Everton’s 11th-hour bid.

“When they met in those May days of possibility following Newcastle United’s promotion to the Premier League, Rafa Benitez proposed a striker signing to Mike Ashley that whetted the owner’s appetite,” Douglas writes.

“Malaga striker Ramirez was young, up-and-coming and coming off the back of a 14-goal La Liga season that seemed to hint at the early promise that had seen him break into Barcelona’s first team.

“At £5m– a price pretty much negotiated before his name was mentioned to Ashley – it felt like the perfect sort of Newcastle United deal.

“‘Go and get him’ came the message from the Newcastle owner – only for Everton to blow Newcastle out of the water with a contract offer several times larger than the one Newcastle were proposing or thought was right for a player of his stature.”

Hindsight is a fine thing, I suppose – but was this the problem with Everton’s shotgun transfer strategy last summer?

Let’s hope Marcel and Marco don’t make the same mistakes….

Sandro Ramirez
“Everton are paying me how much?” (Image: CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

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