Arnau refuses to give up on keeping Sandro at the club

Sandro skips past Sergio Ramos on Sunday.
Sandro skips past Sergio Ramos on Sunday. / Ñito Salas
  • Malaga's Sporting Director hopes to keep the 21-year-old at the club despite reports linking the striker primarily with Atlético Madrid and Everton

Despite reports of interest from Atlético Madrid in Sandro Ramírez, this season’s top scorer, sporting director Francesc Arnau is refusing to accept that his departure is a foregone conclusion.

Speaking at an hour-long press conference on Tuesday, he said: “He is a player who can go on to reach the very top. Of course his value now far exceeds that of his release clause [six million euros] but at the end of the day, it’s the player that holds the key.”

“We’ll do everything possible to try and keep him here; the fans have really taken to him,” he added.

Despite interest from Premier League clubs Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, it is the team from the capital which have leapt to the front of the queue as they prepare for the possible departure of Antoine Griezmann. Whether they are able to complete any move, though, is dependent on the outcome of the TAS ruling into their transfer activity.

In the meantime, Arnau insists that the club have plans in place should Sandro, as well as Ignacio Camacho, leave. Real’s Mariano is believed to be a key target to reinforce the attack, while Arnau admits that a goalkeeper and a central midfielder are on the list of priorities.

“This will be a difficult window,” he said, explaining that he feels it is unlikely that the club’s business will be complete in time for the start of the new season. He also revealed that as yet, no bids have come in for any player which is the “best news of the year”.