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Malaga, with a close eye on former players' movements this January

En-Nesyri is currently the league's joint-top scorer.
En-Nesyri is currently the league's joint-top scorer. / EFE
  • The club could receive substantial income this month if certain ex-players seal a transfer away

Though Malaga are highly unlikely to make any further moves in the transfer market this month, the club's bosses will still have a keen eye on the comings and goings elsewhere as certain deals could provide a much-needed boost to club coffers.

While it is quite common to include sell-on clauses when allowing players to leave (and Malaga have often used this to their advantage), the recently-introduced 'solidarity payments' could come in handy for the club this month. Under FIFA regulations, up to five per cent of a transfer fee is to be divided proportionally among clubs involved in that player's training and education during the seasons encompassing their 12th and 23rd birthdays.

Most recently Malaga received 100,000 euros after Diego Llorente's move to Leeds United from Villarreal in the summer. The defender spent one year on loan with Malaga. Similar amounts were also received after the transfers of Samu Castillejo, Pablo Fornals, Sergi Darder and Brahim.

There are several players on the market currently which fit this bill. Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri is the one most likely to seal a move. The Moroccan is currently the joint-top goalscorer in La Liga (alongside Atlético's Luis Suárez) on 12 goals. After selling Sébastien Haller to Ajax, West Ham United have been credited with interest and speculation over a 40-million-euro move has been increasing. Should that go ahead, as Malaga will be hoping it does, the club can expect to receive around 600,000 euros.

Other players who could also be on the move include Fuenlabrada's Álex Mula and Famalicao's Iván Jaime but the totals received would be much lower.