Pablo Fornals' rapid progression isn’t going unnoticed. At 21 years of age, and now a regular starter in Míchel’s midfield, the youngster is being courted by a number of teams both home and abroad.
Fornals signed a new deal only a year ago, but with just two years left to run, and an attractive release clause of 12 million euros, he could prove a bargain purchase.
The club hopes to increase his release clause, while also adding a further two years and a substantial wage rise to keep him on the Costa.
Negotiations between the two parties are ongoing and the club is optimistic about the prospect of an agreement, despite repeated reported interest from Arsenal in the British press.
Almost a done deal
Personal terms have already been agreed with utility player Juankar as the Blue and Whites look to make his loan move permanent.
The 27-year-old has just come off the back of his second consecutive season-long loan from Braga. His ability to play in a number of roles down the left flank has impressed Míchel and the club is looking into a possible swap deal involving forgotten midfield man Ricardo Horta.
Horta has been on loan from Malaga at Braga, where he has excelled in a less competitive league. However, the stumbling block is that both players are part owned by an investment fund so any swap deal involves multiple parties.
Nonetheless, Malaga are hopeful of getting any deal over the line before the start of preseason training.