Report: Liverpool and FC Porto preparing to swoop for Malaga midfielder

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Sergi Darder could be set to leave Malaga in a matter of days, after his agent confirmed approaches from two clubs.

Following the sales of Juanmi to Southampton, plus the double departure of Samuel Garcia and Samu Castillejo to Villarreal, it would appear Malaga have balanced their books sufficiently enough, not to require any further sales this summer.

However, according to Diario SUR, the resolve of Malaga is about to be tested regarding midfield dynamo Sergi Darder, after his agent Jose Maria Minguella revealed that bids are imminent for the 21-year-old.

Speaking on a local radio station, Minguella explained Malaga could get "Over €10 million" for his client, with a level of certainty that Darder will be departing the Costa del Sol club this summer.

Minguella added: "There's the possibility he'll be leaving the team and that a deal will be closed before 1st July. We're managing a couple of things and I have to speak to the club. The final solution will be swift."

Identifying the €40 million clause value as "unreal" in the contract of the player, the agent also believes that a fairer offer "would be good for Malaga and for the player."

FC Porto had an offer of €10 million rejected by Malaga last summer, and the strong hints from Minguella were that they are amongst the bidders. He also suggested a Premier League club has made an offer, which could mean Liverpool are backing up their long standing interest in Darder, by making a firm move at last.

The agent also dismissed interest from Inter Milan, who are now out of the running, whilst he also confirmed there have been enquiries from Barcelona, no serious level of intent is expected from the Camp Nou.

After failing to make the grade as a yout player with Espanyol, Darder was offered a second chance with Malaga, which he didn't waste. Following positive displays during his breakthrough 2013-14 season, the young midfield enforcer has gone on to make a total of 66 appearances for Los Boquerones, along with scoring six goals.

Hailing originally from the Balearic town of Arta, Darder has also represented Spain at junior levels, becoming a key player for the under-21 team over the last two years, whilst also tipped as likely to soon win a full international cap with La Roja.

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