Malaga 'sign important agreement' with Chelsea

Chelsea are to echo Arsenal and Tottenham and forge a formal link-up with a La Liga club.

Getting on board with a Spanish club seems to be all the rage among London's top clubs, and Chelsea are keen not to be left behind.

After selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid, Tottenham announced it would be the beginning of a 'strategic partnership' between the two sides, while Arsenal have met with Real Betis officials to discuss a link-up and more regular loans of young players.

At present it's too early to begin to assess how successful these will turn out to be, but the idea of laying the groundwork with the La Liga sides to put them in pole position to snap up their top players is clear.

Now it has been announced by Spanish newspaper Marca state that Chelsea are on the verge of tieing up a similar agreement with Malaga.

Marca report: "Sporting Director Mario Husillos has already signed an important agreement with Chelsea, a club with whom the South coast side already enjoys a close relationship after the loan move for Lucas Piazón in January.

"The good form of the young Brazilian and the hard work he is putting in at the club has opened the door to more moves for similar Chelsea players, either on loan or for low fees this summer."

19-year-old Piazon has made 11 appearances for Malaga since signing on loan in January, providing two assists, and has clearly impressed the club's hierarchy. 

Malaga are obviously keen to bring him back on board next season, and this is likely to be their play to try and do so.

The club's plans, report Marca, are being held back by the uncertainty of manager Manuel Pellegrini and star player Isco.

Both have been linked with Chelsea, and if the Blues did want to launch moves for either, this potential agreement couldn't harm their chances.

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