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The departure of Ignasi Miquel moves one step closer

Miquel, during an interview with SUR.
Miquel, during an interview with SUR. / Francias Silva
  • Interest in the defender is high and Malaga could make an immediate return on a player they signed for just 350,000 euros

Malaga. Another La Liga club has joined the race for the signature of in-demand Malaga defender Ignasi Miquel. The former Arsenal man, who joined from Lugo in January after Malaga activated his 350,000-euro release clause, is wanted by both Eibar and another unnamed La Liga side.

Miquel, who was one of Malaga's better performers last year, has his current release clause set at 3.5 million euros, but Malaga could receive only a proportion of that if they do not renegotiate terms as a matter of urgency. This is because the release clause will fall to as low as 1.5 millions euros in July following the club's relegation and Malaga do not want him to leave on the cheap.

So far they have been unwilling to negotiate on anything below 3.5 million euros as he is considered one of the club's few saleable assets and the money could go a long way in overhauling the squad.

The squad currently boasts 30 players under contract (the maximum that can be registered to play is 25) while a number of players (Keko, Michael Santos, Federico Ricca and Luis Hernández) have wages incompatible with a Segunda team.