Friday has seen news from Spain that Barcelona’s Sandro Ramirez will be available for £8m in the January transfer window, with Newcastle and Tottenham the clubs leading the chase for him.
The claim is from ‘Sport’, who say that Barcelona are now willing to let the striker go to free up funds, but they will also insist on a ‘buy-back’ option, which would allow them to take the player back to Barca in the future if the clause was activated.
Sandro has had one start and four sub appearances in La Liga this season but with their transfer embargo ending in January, Barcelona will be able to buy players once again, as well as play a number of players who they bought in the summer even though they knew they couldn’t actually play them in this first half of the season.
In May it was reported in Spain that Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez was going to spend this season on loan at Newcastle.
They said that the (now) 20 year old’s agent Gines Carvajal (also the agent of Victor Valdes who was linked this week with Newcastle) had been in talks with Newcastle and a year’s loan deal had been arranged in principle.
However, that all fell apart because Barcelona then called in the various agents representing Sandro Ramirez and other young Barcelona players to tell them they had decided not to allow them to go elsewhere in short-term moves.
As well as the possibility of playing a part in the first team, the main reason for Barcelona keeping their exciting youngsters on home turf was due to it being essential that the Spanish giants rebuild their B team.
Barcelona B is seen as a key part of the framework at Barca in terms of developing players longer term for the first team.
However, last season was disastrous and Barcelona B finished rock bottom of the Segunda, which is the second tier of Spanish football and the division that Newcastle plucked Ayoze Perez from.
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 last season when injuries to the likes of Suarez gave him the chance to make a dozen substitute appearances, all before Christmas.
His four goals included one against Ajax in the Champions League but since the injury situation improved, Sandro Ramirez had to be content with B team football once again.