Everton are closing in on signing forward Sandro Ramirez from Spanish side Malaga, according to the Daily Mail.
Their first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku, who was the runner up for the Premier League Golden Boot last season with 24 goals to his name, is likely to rejoin Chelsea in the coming weeks, leaving some big boots to be filled at Goodison Park.
The Toffees don’t appear to be resting on their laurels, having arranged talks with the Malaga forward, who – per the Mail – is set to fly to England for talks on Monday.
Ramirez was also wanted by Atletico Madrid, and talks were believed to be underway before the club’s transfer ban was upheld, thus ruling them out of the race.
The 21-year-old scored 14 goals and delivered three assists in 30 La Liga appearances for the Boquerones last season. And Everton boss Ronald Koeman views him as a capable replacement for the outgoing star.
The Goodison side are now set to exploit the low buy-out clause of £5.2m in the player’s contract.
They could also get their hands on Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, who may be used as a makeweight in the deal for Lukaku. The Toffees have placed a value of £100m on the player they bought from the Blues for just £28m in 2014, and Roman Abramovich will do whatever he can to decrease the sum.
Chelsea have also reportedly reached a deal with Monaco to sign midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £38m, and are hoping to wrap things up during this week.