Blue and Whites move fast to bring in further reinforcements

The club await final confirmation on Centurión.
The club await final confirmation on Centurión. / MCF / SUR
  • Attackers Alberto Bueno and Riki Centurión are on the way in while exits for Paul Baysse and Jony have been agreed

Following the side's crippling 1-0 loss to Espanyol on Monday, Malaga have moved fast in the transfer market to reinforce in attacking areas. While it looked like it was going to be a month of frustration when Alberto Bueno's transfer was held up by owner Sheikh's Al-Thani's inaction, the forward was officially presented as a Malaga player on Tuesday and will soon be followed through the door by winger Riki Centurión.

Bueno joins until the end of the season on a loan deal from FC Porto after having his loan spell with La Liga rivals Leganés cut short.

The deal had been in place since at least Friday and the player passed a medical and even trained with the first-team, all while awaiting Al-Thani's thumbs up.

The player, 30 in March, is Malaga's third winter signing, after Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel joined from Lugo and Argentinian defensive midfielder Manuel Iturra made his return to the club after a spell in Mexico.

A versatile player, Bueno is happy to play in most attacking positions, but excels as a second striker. He was an integral part of the U-19 national side that were European champions in 2006 and was joint-top goalscorer in the tournament with five goals.

Bueno represented Real Madrid, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano before his move to Porto in 2015 but after only making four appearances, returned to Spain on loan with Granada and Leganés.

The forward is soon to be joined in the squad by winger Riki Centurión who has agreed a loan deal until the end of the season to move from Italian side Genoa despite interest in taking him back to his native Argentina.

Bad boy

Despite being just 24, former São Paulo and Boca Juniors man Centurión arrives with a lot of baggage. A picture of him holding a shotgun emerged during investigations into a domestic violence complaint made against him by an ex-girlfriend in Argentina. Centurión also made headlines when nude photos of him went viral and which saw his club's ultras turn on him.

His signing is imminent, after the club made space in the squad by offloading defender Paul Baysse, for whom an offer of a little under a million euros from Girondins de Bordeaux was accepted, and winger Jony who has returned to Sporting Gijón on loan.