Barcelona forward Sandro is being tipped for a move to Malaga this summer after talks between the clubs intensified in the last few days.
The 20-year-old is currently a free agent, having let his contract at the Camp Nou expire when he was unable to force his way into boss Luis Enrique’s plans last season.
Malaga director of football Francesc Arnau, a former Barca goalkeeper, had already made overtures regarding his signing in January, but has now received further encouragement the Spain Under-21 international would be receptive to a move to La Rosaleda.
Talks are already believed to be at an advanced stage, with new Malaga boss Juande Ramos on the lookout to increase his attacking firepower following a poor return last term.
Ramos, who shares an agent (Gines Carvajal), with Sandro, has given the go-ahead to push for the Las Palmas-born player, although he could face competition for his signature from the Premier League.
West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is understood to be a keen admirer, yet Arnau is confident Sandro would prefer to remain in Spain at this stage of his career.