After eight seasons at Real Madrid, it would appear that the days are numbered for Benalmádena-born Isco who has found game time hard to come by this season.
This situation is of particular interest to Malaga as they stand to earn one per cent of any transfer fee should he join a team outside of Spain for having been responsible for his development as a young player (the so-called FIFA solidarity payment).
If, for example, the 29-year-old were to leave Los Blancos on a loan with an option to buy, Malaga would earn one per cent of both the loan fee and the permanent transfer.
Moves to Roma and Everton have been mooted and given his current valuation, Malaga could be set to earn in the region of 300,000 euros.
The situation is even more interesting in the case of Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri, currently at Sevilla.
In this case Malaga would stand to earn 1.5 per cent of a future transfer due to a combination of sell-on clauses. With the 23-year-old in form and attracting interest across Europe, his current valuation will be at least 40 million euros, thus securing Malaga a considerable sum.