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Operation Sandro: More info on very possible signing

Atlético want to beat out competition from the Premier League

Malaga CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid are building something big. Well, pending their TAS appeal being successful, that is. They already seem to be very close to a deal for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and have reportedly made Sevilla winger Vitolo their number one priority. They have also convinced Antoine Griezmann, Jan Oblak and Diego Simeone to stay for another year, too.

The most recent striker they have been linked with is Málaga’s Sandro Ramírez, formerly of Barcelona, who has a buy-out clause of €6 million with clubs like Everton, Liverpool and Sevilla mentioned as other possible destinations.

According to several reports in Spain, Sandro’s representatives are in Madrid today following on from a meeting last Tuesday to discuss a deal and they are trying to figure out whether they have to wait until January if Atlético’s appeal fails.

Sandro was released by Barcelona last summer and he has reportedly agreed terms with Atlético according to this report (in Spanish) from AS. The player is obviously keen to stay in Spain and Atlético want to make sure they beat out competition from the Premier League, which can offer far higher wages.