Financially-troubled Malaga have started to breathe again after starting to pay off some of their debts.

The Costa del Sol club was recently put up for sale by Qatari owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani [pictured] with money owed to players, other clubs and the tax authorities.

However, a report in Mundo Deportivo maintains Los Blanquiazules have been paid in full for the €10m transfer of striker Jose Salomon Rondon to Rubin Kazan, while they have received half of the reported €15m from Santi Cazorla’s move to Arsenal.

Consequently, the Malaga board has moved to start satisfying its creditors as quickly as possible and salaries, along with money due to Villarreal, Osasuna and River Plate, are all alleged to have been paid this week.

An embargo from the tax people has also meant Malaga have not been able to sign any players, forcing boss Manuel Pellegrini to include four youth team members in his provisional 23-man squad for Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Panathinaikos.

The Chilean has seen his plans change through the lack of money available, with Recio, Juanmi and Diego Buonanotte all remaining at La Rosaleda after being destined to go out on loan.

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