Alberto Bueno, currently playing for CD Leganés on loan from FC Porto, is a predictable transfer target from Malaga's manager, Míchel, who has the express aim of creating more goal-scoring opportunities. Malaga have had a shaky start to their season in La Liga, and are currently in 19th place.
The arrival of a striker as prolific as Bueno is sure to help them offset their goal difference of -18. The player, who will celebrate his thirtieth birthday in March, will be Malaga's third winter signing, after the Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel and the Argentinian defensive midfielder Manuel Iturra. It is likely that he will play a crucial role up front, as Malaga's formation reverts to the 4-14-1 that saw them achieve 11th place last season.
The player is already in the city in order to finalise the negotiations, and it has been reported that he has already passed his medical. Porto gave their approval to the deal last week, after several days of deliberation, and the deal is now being held up as owner Sheikh Al-Thani has yet to release the funds for the purchase. This is not an unprecedented delay; it took the sheikh around four days to authorise the purchase of Iturra.
A versatile player, Bueno is happy to play in most attacking positions, but he excels as either a central attacking midfielder or as a second striker. What he lacks in size and raw physical power he makes up for in technical ability and precision, having proven his attacking potential while playing alongside Juan Mata in Real Madrid's youth squad. In fact, he was part of the U-19 national side that were European champions in 2006, and was joint-top goalscorer in the tournament with 5 goals.
A true veteran of La Liga, Bueno has lent his talents to five Spanish sides (Real Madrid, Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano, Granada, and Leganés), has played in 153 games in the first division, and has scored 36 goals. However, Bueno only played four games for FC Porto after transferring there in the 2015/16 season, and has since been on loan to both Granada and Leganés. He found chances hard to come by in the Porto first team, due to both the existing squad and a marked dip in form. Despite Bueno's more recent decline, Malaga has every intention of restoring him to his former glory as a dangerous and creative goalscorer.