Club faces substantial wage cap reduction unless players are sold

The squad could look very different next season.
The squad could look very different next season. / SUR
  • Not even a possible Sandro transfer would be enough to match the 43 million euros that were available to the club last season

Malaga will see their wage cap from last season heavily reduced, according to the latest estimations coming in from La Liga.

The club, whose revenue last season reached 70 million euros, largely thanks to the 54 million euros in television money, were able to spend 43 million euros on playing and coaching staff in last summer’s transfer window.

The news means that the club will have fewer funds to spend on players, with the only option that Malaga now have to increase the budget is to sell players.

Not only do all the teams in Spain’s top two divisions have to comply with the wage cap regulations, but the ruling will also determine what offer Malaga can put forward to Sandro and Ignacio Camacho in their attempts to retain their services.

However, even if Sandro is sold, the six million euros they would receive would be not be enough to exceed 43 million euros and therefore match the budget available to the club last summer.

Malaga were one of the very few clubs that didn’t sell any players last summer, even though several opportunities, such as the offers that came in for Camacho, arose throughout the transfer window. The squad was also heavily reinforced in the summer, while the signing of Luis Hernández in January took them very close to the 43-million-euro limit.

The amount will also be reduced due to their eleventh-place finish this season, as the Blue and Whites finished eighth in the 2015/16 season under Javi Gracia.

The budget also has to cover the players who will be brought in to replace those who have come to the end of their contracts at Malaga, either as loanees or permanent members of the squad, as well as paying for members of the coaching staff.