Newcastle United may have been looking for additional firepower to help spearhead their attack in the past and the arrival of Salomon Rondon may have been an excellent coup for the club last summer.
Ayoze Perez has also come to the forefront of the squad with his timely ability to find the back of the net on a regular occasion, although the future of the duo appears to be far from clear at the moment, with the Venezuela international’s loan deal from West Bromwich Albion is set to end with other clubs are rumoured to be interested and the Spaniard continues to flirt with the possibility of returning to his homeland.
Goals have always been a problem for Rafa Benitez during their time together in the Premier League and the manager looked to try and address once they were promoted back to the top-flight in the summer of 2017.
However, looking back at the rumour, Newcastle must be pretty delighted that nothing came of it. Spanish media outlet Sport claimed that the Magpies were interested in the then-Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez – the same man that has struggled to make a name for himself since his move to Everton that summer.
The Toffees shelled out a fee of £5.3million to take him to Goodison Park after a really productive year in front of goal for the La Liga side, however, the Barcelona graduate seriously found life tough in England.
Ramirez managed just one goal in his 15 appearances, which came in the Europa League before he was sent out on loan to Sevilla for the remainder of his first season. Things did not get any better for him in Spain as he failed to find the back of the net and is yet to score for Real Sociedad in his current season-long loan spell for the Basque outfit.
Admittedly, the now-23-year-old arrived with plenty of promise, however, he failed spectacularly and proved to be a £5.3m flop for Everton.
And, Newcastle must be delighted that they missed out on the La Masia graduate. Mike Ashley is hardly known for digging into his pocket when it comes to financing moves for players and the Ramirez deal, should it have turned out as disastrous for them as it has their Premier League counterparts, would have likely made him tighten the purse strings even more.
Depending on what happens with Rondon and Perez, the club may be looking for a new forward once again in the summer, however, they must be pretty pleased that they managed to dodge the bullet that Ramirez could have unfortunately provided them.
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