This summer is set to be another where Malaga fight to hold onto their major talents with both midfielder Ignacio Camacho and striker Sandro Ramírez the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
Interest from Valencia in Camacho has been persistent for a number of years and after injury first put paid to any move two years ago, they returned with an offer of 12 million euros in January.
That offer was rejected as it fell short of his 18-million-euro release clause but, in any case, the Blue and Whites are loathe to sell him, especially after he has overcome his fitness issues to become a mainstay in Míchel’s team.
While he has two years remaining on his current deal, talks about extension and increased pay have come to a standstill to the frustration of the player. With the club limited by its wage structure, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to match his ambitions.
The same applies for Sandro Ramírez who has attracted the attention of Premier League teams Everton and Tottenham. With a bargain six-million-euro release clause (agreed to lure him to La Rosaleda in the first place) the club are resigned to losing him, especially after Everton boss Ronald Koeman was spotted in the stands for Malaga’s 3-0 win against Celta Vigo.
Regardless of what happens, Malaga are prepared for the worst-case scenario (that both leave) and are prepared to reinvest what would be significant kitty money on proven talents.
The striking department will have to be the major priority, with Charles also moving on at the end of his contract.
The market is also being scoured for a goalkeeper to replace Carlos Kameni in the long run, with Denys Boyko’s loan coming to an end.
Espanyol’s Roberto, who played for Míchel at Olympiakos, is believed to be the first choice while a move for former Barcelona stopper Víctor Valdés shouldn’t be ruled out despite him having just turned 35.