Saviola on Malaga radar

Cadena Cope has revealed that Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has set his sights on Benfica striker Javier Saviola.

It is understood that Pellegrini has already spoken twice to the diminutive Argentine international, although the Costa del Sol club have first to agree to pay money owed to the tax authorities before they are allowed to bring players in.

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid man Saviola made just 10 starts under Jorge Jesus at the Estadio da Luz last term and is believed to be open to a move back to La Liga.

In Pellegrini’s case, he is desperately seeking a frontman before his side begins the new season with a trip to newly-promoted Celta Vigo on Saturday.

The Chilean has a distinct lack of firepower up front following the enforced departure of Venezuelan international Jose Salomon Rondon to Rubin Kazan last week and Ruud van Nistelrooy’s decision to retire at the end of last term.

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