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Malaga bring in reinforcements but face race against the clock before the season begins

Escassi, Dani Barrio and Calero were just three signings made this week.
Escassi, Dani Barrio and Calero were just three signings made this week. / Malaga CF
  • The club completed the signings of Escassi, Dani Barrio, Calero and Rahmani this week, with at least four more in the pipeline

A week after the club announced that it was seeking to let go of the entire first-team squad as part of an ERE collective redundancy plan, Malaga have now reinforced the squad with six new faces. Following Orlando Sá and Cristian Rodríguez through the door early this week were three new boys, all from Numancia: 33-year-old goalkeeper Dani Barrio, midfielder Alberto Escassi, who is 31 and can also play in defence, and 24-year-old right-back Iván Calero.

Winger Yanis Rahmani became the sixth signing of the summer on Tuesday, joining on a season-long loan deal from Almeria with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

However, with practically a whole new squad to build, the transfer activity won't stop there. There are believed to be at least another four new arrivals in the pipeline.

After allowing his contract to expire, Luis Muñoz has flirted with the idea of moving elsewhere, engaging in talks with recently promoted Elche. However, the defender has now decided that he wants to stay at Malaga and has agreed terms on a new deal. This, however, must still be ratified by La Liga before it can be announced by the club.

The same can be said of Cadiz forward Caye Quintana. A loan deal has been agreed by all parties but the deal is waiting for the final green light.

Other players on sporting director Manolo Gaspar's radar are Alavés left-back Saúl (25), who spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, and another wide player in the form of Jairo.

The former Racing man is a free agent after his contract with German-side Hamburg came to an end, but personal terms are though to be a hurdle with Malaga's limitations in the market.