In selling Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla last season, Malaga’s squad lost two of its most prized assets, but their performances on the pitch this year have suggested they still have plenty of excellent players, and given their precarious financial situation, several teams might be eyeing up their team this summer.
Manchester City’s impending appointment of Manuel Pellegrini could give them an edge in any transfer battles for Malaga players, and the man they are most likely to use that inside track for is Isco, who is rated as amongst the most promising players in Europe.
However there are other names that Manchester City might consider this summer under Pellegrini, who might look to bring a couple of familiar faces with him to England.
Two of Malaga’s outstanding performers this season have been in the centre of their midfield, and with Gareth Barry now 32, and the signings of Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia so far not working out for various reasons, Pellegrini could be tempted to make a move for either Jeremy Toulalan or Ignacio Camacho.
At 29, Toulalan would clearly only be a short term solution for Manchester City, but he has consistently impressed at Malaga, and would bring a wealth of experience and tenacity to their midfield.
Camacho, 23, does not have that experience, but has played a major part for Malaga in the Champions League as well as La Liga this year, and could bring some extra depth to City’s midfield.
Elsewhere the 31-year-old Joaquin might also be considered too old, but if Pellegrini wants some cover for his attacking midfield, Joaquin can play a variety of positions and has been excellent for Malaga this season.
Clearly Manchester City fans will be hoping to see their club sign a couple of major stars this summer, and Isco will be their preference in terms of players from Pellegrini’s former club. But Toulalan and Joaquin in particular, if available at a reasonable price from Malaga, would be canny additions as they look to set up their squad for a more successful year on all fronts next season.
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