After leaving Barcelona for very little to Malaga last summer, it seems Sandro is again going to be on the move, as a result of a rumored €6m release clause in his contract. For a striker that has scored 14 goals in La Liga this season, which would make him Atleti’s third highest goal scorer this season with that total. And without his goals, Malaga would have been even more trouble than they were already this season. One of those goals was the insane free kick he scored against Atleti, so he owes the club one.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman was photographed at La Rosaleda for Malaga’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, and it seems since that time several clubs have declared their interest in the striker. Of those linked are Everton, Sevilla and now Atleti, who most certainly should be in for the player, who despite his failure to break in at Barcelona, he was never afforded much of a chance.
Estadio Deportivo has reported today that Sandro would prefer to stay in his native Spain, which leaves Atleti and Sevilla as the two clubs courting him the most. Of course, as with all things transfer related at Atleti, it is entirely contingent upon the transfer ban being lifted. Sandro is an extremely promising player, who has been hugely impressive this season, and it would make sense that he would want to leave Malaga after a disappointing campaign. With such a low release clause, the transfer would be very low-risk for Atleti, and for such a promising Spanish striker, it seems a no-brainer.
The article also claims that Atleti have interest in Malaga’s vice-captain Ignacio Camacho, who seemed certain to leave La Rosaleda for Tony Pulis’ West Brom last summer, but the two clubs never reached an agreement. Malaga owner Sheikh Al-Thani, who is never shy about tweeting his thoughts, has dismissed interest from Valencia regarding Camacho, so Camacho may remain with Malaga.
Sandro would be a welcome addition to Atleti, and could really bolster the striking threat, though he is not the most physical of strikers, he brings something special to matches when he plays, and could prove to be a great signing for whichever club he ends up choosing.