The depth of Malaga’s financial problems surfaced once again last night after manager Marco Pelligrini revealed he will hold a meeting with the club’s players about unpaid wages.
On the field Malaga appear to be mounting a serious challenge to Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, and finished 4th last season having spent £50 million in the transfer market.
However the Spanish club’s financial woes were revealed over the summer as they were forced to sell key player Santi Cazorla to Arsenal for around £15 million, less than they paid for him from Villarael a year earlier.
Since then Malaga have impressed in their maiden Champions League campaign and currently sit in 3rd place in La Liga, ahead of Real Madrid.
Now though the issue of money has reared its ugly head once more after Pelligrini admitted he would talk to his players about their options following the 4-3 Copa del Rey win over Cacereno on Wednesday.
"We will talk tomorrow on the subject of the payments," he responded curtly to questions about the club’s financial malaise.
Midfielder Duda elaborated somewhat on the goings on behind the scenes, revealing that the players were going to talk about possible action today (Thursday).
“We still do not know what we are going to do," he said. "The most important thing is to talk internally, then we will see what might happen. We will decide tomorrow (Thursday)."
The prospect of Malaga needing to sell in order to balance the books will be music to the ears of the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, who have all been linked with a move for talented youngster Isco in recent weeks.
The 20-year-old has impressed in the Champions League and was on the scoresheet in his European debut against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Manchester City were linked with a move for the Spaniard yesterday following the arrival of former Barcelona chief Tiki Begiristain as technical director last week.
The Citizens may have to pay the £30 million release clause written into Isco’s contract but are said to be willing to do so in order to land their man.
Liverpool have also been linked with the talented attacker, with Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers said to be a fan of his ability.
Whether Liverpool would be willing to meet Isco’s valuation after spending big without much success recently remains to be seen.