Everton have announced the signing of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga for £5.3million.
The 21-year-old striker has signed a four-year contract at Goodison Park until the end of June 2021 after Everton triggered his €6million release clause.
Ramirez becomes Everton’s fourth signing of the summer, joining Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru, while Burnley’s Michael Keane is also close to completing his £25million switch to Goodison Park.
“I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career,” Sandro told evertontv. “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.”
The youngster joined Barcelona’s youth set-up aged 14 before going on to make 17 senior appearances for the club, scoring twice.
Following his release from the Nou Camp a year ago, Ramirez joined Malaga where he enjoyed a breakthrough season in La Liga, scoring 14 times and providing three assists from 30 appearances.
Sandro had previously been linked with Atletico Madrid and Juventus so his addition is a real coup for Ronald Koeman’s men.