Malaga will reportedly turn to Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez this summer if Manuel Pellegrini walks away.
Pellegrini has been linked with summer switches to Roma, Chelsea and Manchester City over the course of the last few weeks, with his agent spotted in Madrid this week reportedly talking with City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
Should the Costa del Sol outfit, who were taken to the Champions League quarter-finals under Pellegrini this year, lose the Chilean in the summer, they will reportedly make a move for English-based Spaniard Martinez.
The 39-year-old former Real Zaragoza man has impressed with his managerial work at Swansea and then Wigan, despite the Latics’ once more battling against relegation from the Premier League.
However, The Mirror report that whilst Martinez may be open to a direct offer from Malaga, the Spanish will be hit with a €5.9m fee to break his current contract, which is more than the €4m buyout clause Pellegrini has in his current contract at La Rosaleda.