Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez is going to spend next season on loan at Newcastle according to Spanish daily sports newspaper Marca.
They report that the 19 year old’s agent Gines Carvajal has been in talks with Newcastle this week and a year’s loan deal has been arranged in principle, no doubt dependent on United staying up.
Like Ayoze Perez, Sandro is from the Canary Islands and joined the Barca set-up when he was 14 years old.
Having played for Barcelona’s B team, the forward made his first team breakthrough when injuries to the likes of Suarez gave him the chance to make a dozen substitute appearances this season, all before Christmas.
His four goals included one against Ajax in the Champions League but since the injury situation improved, Sandro Ramirez has had to be content with B team football once again.
Barcelona aren’t interested in selling the striker but see the benefits of him continuing his football education in the Premier League, in a similar way to Gerard Deulofeu who spent last season at Everton.
The scousers were keen on keeping him for another season but Barca chose to send him to Sevilla this past year to get him more acclimatised to La Liga.
If the deal happens then he could be a great asset to United next season assuming he has a similar impact to Deulofeu, who if you remember tortured Paul Dummett when Everton stuffed Newcastle at St. James’ Park last season.
Today’s reports follow claims yesterday that Newcastle were looking to sign Manchester City’s 19 year old Belgian defender Jason Denayer on a similar year long loan, whilst Man Utd striker James Wilson had been the subject of loan speculation as well last month.
With Newcastle needing a massive injection of both numbers and quality it will be a surprise if Mike Ashley doesn’t use the loan market as he has done with Remy, de Jong and Ferreyra in the last two seasons.