Second tier Malaga may face relegation due to their dire financial situation, according to a report in Cadena Cope.
The club, who are above the drop zone on goal difference only, are in a financial mess with the club’s Qatari owners Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani blamed for the situation.
It is claimed that La Liga may force administration upon the Andalusian club and that would see them relegated from the Segunda.
A report in Marca this week outlined how the club’s owners have made several costly financial decisions.
A number of examples of mismanagement are cited – including the opportunity to buyback striker Youssef En-Nesyri from Leganes this summer.
It is claimed a €20m transfer to English side Brighton was in place and all Malaga needed to do was to utilise their €15m buyback on the player and make a €5m profit on the same day – but this option was refused, and the striker is now at Sevilla.
Another case was former player Jony, for whom they rejected offers from Alaves – where he was on loan – and Lazio, who had a pre-contract agreement in place for the following summer.
The Italian club offered to pay €2m to sign him a year in advance and Malaga refused but FIFA ruled that the player should be allowed to move to Rome – and the deal was completed without a transfer fee.
A number of other money-making opportunities have been missed: Augsburg had a €5m bid rejected for defender Diego González, who was not a regular in Malaga’s team, for instance.
As reported by Marca back in September, the financial crisis at the Andalusian club meant they needed a boost in finances in the region of €5-6m to carry on operating in the second tier beyond the new year – a scenario which was eventually averted.
Reus were automatically relegated from the second-tier last season, were banned from professional football for the next three years and been hit by a €250k fine.
Indeed, previous reports claimed that whilst the possibility of Reus being relegated last year stood at 100% due to the finances, the same chance of the Andalusian club going this year stands at 75%.
The report adds that even if Malaga manage to avoid being relegated by the authorities this season, it may be an even worse outcome ahead of next season.
It claims that in such an event, the Costa del Sol club will remain in the second tier but be banned from signing any new players while also seeing further slashes to their current budget.