As a result of Malaga's disastrous summer transfer window, one of the club's star signings of that period, José Rodríguez, has not been able to feature for the first team this season.
With little sign of an imminent reduction in the wage bill, it looks highly unlikely that he will be able to be registered in January either - especially given that he is among the highest earners at the club. There could now be an escape route for him, however.
Former Malaga captain and sporting director Francesc Arnau has this week been appointed to the latter role at direct league rivals Real Oviedo. It is believed that he would be interested in bringing the midfielder to the Asturian club as Arnau in fact signed José Rodríguez the first time the 24-year-old joined the club in 2017 and has a good working relationship with his agent, Alberto Toldrá - the same man who represented Pablo Fornals during his controversial departure from the club.
Mula and Rolón
Malaga urgently need to move players on in January to help balance the books and another player who finds himself in the same situation as José Rodríguez is academy product Álex Mula.
Arnau always rated the youngster highly and could look to capitalise on his former club's financial situation with a move for the attacker.
Malaga, however, would be loath to lose the pair and interim sporting director Manolo Gaspar is looking at other ways to generate revenue.
One is to offload midfielder Esteban Rolón who is most certainly surplus to requirements. There is some interest from the MLS, US-based journalist Niko Moreno told SUR. It would be a similar deal to that which took Emanuel Cecchini to the Seattle Sounders - a loan deal until at least the end of the current season in Europe.