Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign Malaga 21 year-old striker/forward Sandro Ramirez.
We were first interested in this player in May two years ago when he was still at Barcelona, but then last July he signed on for Malaga on a three year contract.
He is only 21 years old and a good age for Newcastle’s Spanish manager Rafa Benitez to start to coach the impressive Spanish U21 forward.
Sandro Ramirez – Malaga 21 year-old striker
Sandro has had a very good first season for Malaga scoring 15 goals and 3 assists in 28 games in all competitions for his club.
He was born in Las Palmas in the Canary Isles and played initially for his home-town club UD Las Palmas before joining Barcelona’s youth setup in 2009 at the age of 14.
He is in big demand because he is available for a reasonable fee with his release clause said to be just €5M and Newcastle have shown before they can move with lightning speed when a basement bargain beckons.
Certainly the transfer partnership of Rafa Benitez working with Managing Director Lee Charnley, both workaholics, augurs well for the future after they did such stellar work for the club last summer.
Rafa identified the players and Lee and his team when out and negotiated the deals.
Benitez is said to want to bring in two strikers this summer to strengthen what was a weakness in the side this season.
We missed far too many chances and we could have gained a lot more points than the 91 we have with one game to play, if we had been able to kill games off when we had the chance to.
And Rafa and Lee are keen to make some bargain buys, so Rafa can bring in up to eight new players this summer.
Sandro could well be attracted to Newcastle with Rafa Benitez being one of the best Spanish managers in the game and he will have a very good and compelling story to tell about how he wants to make Newcastle UNited into a top European club.
And we had over 51,000 average home crowds last season at St. James’ Park in England’s second division.
Just €5M for this excellent young forward seems like a new brainer for Newcastle – hope we can get him.