Malaga’s defensive midfielder Ignacio Camacho has signed a new deal with his club.
The former Spanish U21 international plays in a deep-lying defensive midfield role and was pivotal in helping the club – then managed by Manuel Pellegrini – to a Champions League spot.
His performances over the past couple of years have attracted the attentions of a number of clubs, with Arsenal and Liverpool particularly keen on taking advantage of Malaga’s dramatic fall over the past two years.
The Gunners have already raided Malaga for Spanish stars Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal, and Ignacio Camacho had reportedly been lined up as an ideal long-term solution to their midfield.
Arsene Wenger can count on Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, though with both players in their thirties, a long-term defensive midfielder is certainly a priority at the Emirates.
Likewise on Merseyside, Brendan Rodgers will be keen to add another defensive midfielder to his ranks. The injury to Lucas Leiva has left him with little option other than to play Steven Gerrard deeper, and despite some excellent performances from the Liverpool skipper, relying on him to be fit every week is not an ideal situation.
Unfortunately for the duo, Ignacio Camacho has revealed himself to be a loyal servant to Malaga, and his new contract suggests that Arsenal and Liverpool will have to look elsewhere this summer.