Caballero pictured in Manchester yesterday as he carried out a medical. :: @ROBDAWSONMEN
After weeks of speculation, the sale of Willy Caballero to Manchester City has finally been completed. The contract was signed last night as the Argentinian is set to be reunited with former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini at the English champions.
After three and half successful seasons on the Costa del Sol, Caballero became a crowd favourite and will now fill the role as Hart’s back-up following the departure of Costel Pantilimon to Sunderland last month.
Malaga received 6.5 million euros as part of the deal. This amount could rise to 11.5 million depending on the goalkeeper and club’s performance during the next three seasons.
Caballero, 32, travelled to Manchester yesterday with his lawyer to carry out formalities as well as a medical. The veteran goalkeeper has received messages of support from Malaga fans this week on his twitter account. “I am reading everything they write to me and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart,” he said via a tweet.
The transfer was expected, however weeks passed and no deal was signed. No offer was made by any other team and eventually an agreement was made between the three parties. Caballero initially had his doubts about moving to Manchester and losing out on his guarantee of first team football. However, he has been assured by Pellegrini that should Hart’s form falter, as it did last season, the Argentinian will be given chances to prove himself.
The player will now be able to compete at a top team as he begins the final stage of his professional career. The arrangement suits the Blue and Whites as the club is in need of an extra income to reduce its debts.
The transfer saddens many fans, but circumstances have meant that revenue from the sale of players is vital for the club’s economic state of affairs.
An important period in the goalkeeper’s career now comes to an end in which he debuted in La Liga and also helped the team to reach the quarter-final of the Champions League.
Three and a half years later
Caballero was signed by Malaga halfway through the first season of the Sheikh era. He had previously been at then-second division club Elche for seven years. He was bought for 700,000 euros and now his value has increased to 6.5 million. But it is likely that this figure will increase by a considerable amount depending on the goalkeeper’s objectives that are expected to be completed.
According to sources, one of these goals will be relatively easy to achieve. The objectives that will bring Malaga the aforementioned 6.5 million, in general terms, refer to two aspects: the player’s performance and the team’s results.
In the case of the goalkeeper, if he features in a certain number of matches, more will be paid. The aspect with regards to City is more complicated, but by no means impossible: Malaga will receive a higher amount if Pellegrini’s team win trophies.
Caballero, who plans to officially say goodbye to Malaga fans in a press conference, has become a Malaga legend. But now comes the turn of Cameroonian keeper Kameni who has featured little since arriving from Espanyol in 2012. It is also expected that a second goalkeeper will also have to be found.