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Everton take summer spending past €100m with signings of Ramirez and Keane

Sandro Ramirez has put pen to paper on a four-year deal to become the Toffees’ fourth buy.

Ramirez is a Spain U21 international.
Ramirez is a Spain U21 international.

Updated at 20:20

EVERTON HAVE COMPLETED the signing of Spain U21 international Sandro Ramirez from Malaga and Michael Keane from Burnley.

Ramirez, who scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for La Liga outfit Malaga last season, inked a four-year deal to become the Toffees’ fourth summer signing.

Shortly after that deal was announced it was confirmed that England international Keane has signed a five-year deal at Goodison Park after an impressive season at Turf Moor.

His performances saw him linked with a move back to Manchester United as well as earning him his first cap for the Three Lions, and the Toffees have moved quickly to secure the signing of the 24-year-old.

Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru completed moves from Sunderland, Ajax and KAS Eupen respectively earlier in the transfer window.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition and I can’t wait to come into training tomorrow to meet all the lads,” Keane told Everton’s official website.

“First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club. He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me.

“I watched a lot of Everton last season and I believe I really suit how the team likes to play. I feel like this is a great place to come and continue my development as a player.

“He’s convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game. I’m only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young. I’ve still got a long way to go and I know this and hopefully under his guidance I’ll keep improving.

“You always want to play for a manager who believes in you. I wanted to come somewhere I was wanted by the staff, players and fans as well. I feel like Everton is the perfect match.”

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