Malaga may be set to miss out on signing striker Nordin Amrabat from Galatasaray on a permanent deal due to lack of finance.
The Moroccan international has been on loan at La Rosaleda since the start of this season, with Los Blanquiazules retaining the option to buy him for €3.5m by April 30.
However, Malaga chief executive Vicente Casado has revealed that there is no money available to complete the transaction and the club is looking for outside funding to help keep the 28-year-old on the Costa del Sol.
“It’s an awful lot of money for Malaga and we don’t have €3.5m, so we are looking at outside investment as a way of signing him, which is what we need to do,” Casado told Radio Marca’s ‘Directo Marca’ programme.
“We are fighting to keep what we have but without investment from outside the club it’s very hard.
“Before [owner Sheikh Abdullah] Al-Thani there were very few signings of €1m. Initially he put in €100m but stopping abruptly has been difficult and we are still in the process of restructuring following that era, and also paying the debts from then.”
Casado went on to praise Malaga boss Javi Gracia for guiding the club into seventh place this season on what is a limited budget.
“We are very happy with the Coach. The aim was always to consolidate but we have exceeded expectations. Now we want to end the season well.
“Finishing well means being in Europe, that’s clear, as we’ve fulfilled our main objectives and anything else would be nice,” he maintained.