Chelsea have reportedly signed an agreement with La Liga outfit Malaga which will see the London club send more players on loan to La Rosaleda to provide them with valuable first-team football.

According to the Daily Express, a deal between the two has been struck following Lucas Piazon's successful loan move from Chelsea to Malaga during the January transfer window, and a number of Blues could now follow the Brazilian to Spain.

The partnership is similar to that between Arsenal and Real Betis, with the Gunners having used the Primera Division club as a nursery for young striker Joel Campbell, who has yet to make an appearance for the Arsene Wenger's side.

Like Arsenal, Chelsea will use this new affiliation with Malaga to benefit both themselves and their new partners - allowing players to move to Spain either temporarily, or for a small transfer fee with a buyback option.

Piazon has impressed during his short spell with Malaga, with the 19-year-old midfielder having contributed four assists in 12 appearances in all competitions as the club chase a top four finish.

Malaga, however, could be suspended from next season's Champions League due to financial irregularities - and a transfer embargo may follow - which further emphasises the potential importance of their agreement with Chelsea.

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