The Premier League is looking after Sandro Ramirez and it’s not a secret. The difference from the other times is, above all, the situation of the footballer. Now he’s playing in the first team, while in the past he was active in the grassroots, as a cadet, juvenile or in the ranks of Barça B. But the interest that comes from several English clubs is long-term. Now it becomes important, because he is a first-teamer.
In the summer it was Newcastle who asked to loan him, but in January 2014 he also had options to leave for England. He did not bite. Sandro wants to remain connected to the club, the club where he can make his dreams come true. However, this time Tottenham is the next to want him and, in fact, they have already contacted Barcelona to explore the possibilities of taking the Canary Island striker. The club’s response has been to say they should wait until January, and the opening of the winter market. Obviously, in the summer they could not let him go because of the impossibility of signing a player, and now they would need to sign someone to cover his absence Nolito is the name that’s spoken of lately, but we will have to wait until the window to erase all doubts.
In this regard, Luis Enrique and Robert Fernandez, technical secretary of the first team, have a meeting scheduled that will occur, presumably, during the break in mid-November. That’s when Robert will show the options for strengthening the team and the Asturian coach will decide what to do – he has the last word. Always, yes, subject to the exit of some player so they can balance the books.
Enter the case of Sandro Ramirez. Tottenham want the hitman in their squad for the month of January, although Newcastle have not thrown in the towel. However, it seems that the North London side are serious and their economic potential is beyond doubt. That is why the club has already asked the cost the player, who is priced at ten million. If the British side want the forward, the Blaugrana are unwilling to facilitate his departure unless it is for the appropriate amount. The Barcelona entity consider Sandro Ramirez, like Adama Traoré at the time, one of the most promising players from the academy and see him as being part of the first group, after making his debut last season. If the winger from L’Hospitalet headed to Aston Villa for of ten million euros, the club believes that this is the number they should get for Sandro Ramirez. Moreover, just as with Adama, the club would seek an option to buy him back, if in the future the stiker explodes in the Premier League. The player would have to want to return too.
All this would only be possible if Sandro wants to go in January. Tottenham have previously fished in Barcelona waters in the past, with the additions of Giovani dos Santos and Iago Falque. Both ended up not succeeding at the North London club, but that’s another story.
What seems clear is that the club, without the approval of Sandro Ramirez to carry out the operation, will not be able to carry it out. And therein lies the issue. The Canaries striker has been willing to continue at the club so far, because that is his dream. And today the idea has not changed. Now that he has come to the first team, in which he is playing his first full season, he seems unwilling to give up so easily and accept the call of the Premier League, a competition that appeals to him, though not as much as the Blaugrana strip. After the departure of Pedro, Sandro was convinced he would have more prominence here, although is aware of the existing power of the trident up front.
That is why, if Luis Enrique sees fit to bring in a new striker during the winter and the club needs to sell a player to square budget, they should meet with Sandro to try to reach an agreement. And Sandro has the key of the operation. A soft touch will be necessary to convince the Canary Islander that his is the best option for all parties. It’s up to him.