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Exit of Michael Santos could be the key to Malaga's transfer plans

Santos, during his loan spell at Sporting Gijón last season.
Santos, during his loan spell at Sporting Gijón last season. / D. Arienza
  • The forward is looking for a move and his transfer fee could ensure that Miquel and En-Nesyri remain at La Rosaleda

Despite head coach Juan Ramón Muñiz stating his desire to keep hold of forward Michael Santos, the exit of the Uruguayan looks all the more likely after a number of La Liga sides, as well as FC Copenhagen, expressed an interest.

The forward, who scored 17 goals during a loan spell with Sporting Gijón last season, has a release clause in his contract which allows him to join a La Liga side on loan now that Malaga have been relegated.

His departure could come as a blessing for Malaga who, if freed of his inflated wages (he didn't have a clause inserted in his contract that would see his wages halved in the event of relegation), wouldn't then be obliged to cash in on star players Ignasi Miquel and Youssef En-Nesyri.

However, whether Santos leaves or not, strengthening the frontline remains a priority for Malaga. Last week, SUR reported that veteran strikers Jorge Molina and Rubén Castro were on the wishlist. Now, it is understood that former Liverpool and Norwich forward, Dani Pacheco (currently Molina's teammate at Getafe) and Leganés' Mamadou Koné are also under consideration.