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Antoñín sale agreed as new administrator gets his feet under the table at Malaga

Antoñín only signed a professional contract at the end of January.
Antoñín only signed a professional contract at the end of January. / Salvador Salas
  • After removing managing director Richard Shaheen, the club's new administrator, José María Muñoz, is overseeing all major decisions

  • Though the striker signed a professional contract less than a month ago, his departure could now bring in up to two million euros

He only signed on professional terms at the end of January, but Malaga forward Antoñín is set to complete a transfer to Andalusian rivals Granada with immediate effect.

Though we are currently outside the official transfer window, this move is possible under La Liga rules after Granada central defender Neyder Lozano was ruled out with a long-term injury.

Antoñín, who has been a regular in the Malaga XI this season, was left out of Sunday's 2-0 win over Racing Santander after he told coach Sergio Pellicer that his head "wasn't right".

Before signing professional terms, there was a lot of interest in the 19-year-old but no offer came close to the 1.5 million euros (potentially rising to more than two million based on performance-related variables) currently on the table.

Signing off on this deal is one of the first major tasks carried out by the club's new administrator, José María Muñoz. On Monday, after consulting the judge overseeing the investigation into the Al-Thani family's management of the club, María de los Ángeles Ruiz González, the deal was signed off.

Shaheen sacked

The day-to-day running of the club is now the responsibility of Muñoz, though major decisions must be taken with the approval of Ruiz González.

Richard Shaheen as he left the stadium on Friday.

Richard Shaheen as he left the stadium on Friday. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ

Muñoz first arrived at La Rosaleda to start his role last Friday morning after the judge ruled in favour of the minority shareholders to remove the Al-Thanis from club management on Thursday morning. His first act was to fire managing director Richard Shaheen who had been installed by president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani with the brief to balance the books.

Shaheen was seen leaving the stadium at around noon, just hours after Muñoz arrived. The terms of his dismissal have not yet been agreed.

Muñoz then introduced himself to all of the staff present at the club offices and arranged a meeting with coach Sergio Pellicer and the club's captains Adrián, Luis Hernández, Munir, Juankar and David Lombán.

The club then took the unusual step of unfollowing all members of the Al-Thani family on all of its social media accounts.