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Big spending Malaga

Sunday 19th June 2011
When you think of La Liga, we are accustomed to thinking Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal, like you would think Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal in the Premier League. But there is a shrewd mover in La liga, a side who will be looking to contest nearer to the top of the table next time around as they carry on spending their masses in fortune, Malaga. After several years of economic uncertainty, the Andalusian club were bought by Sheikh Al Thani in 2010 who has proved pivotal in bringing a host of top European players to Los Boquerones.

After already securing the signatures of Julio Baptista, Martin Dimechelis, Jeremy Toulalan and Joris Mathijsen, Malaga are causing quite a stir in Spain and showing significant intent for the season ahead. They have also secured the signing of former Manchester United star Ruud van Nistelrooy this week, a player who despite being at the back end of his career, certainly still knows how to find the net.

After finishing in 11th place, it was clear to manager Manuel Pellegrini where he needed to strengthen, the defence. The side let in far too many goals in the season just gone and it restricted their final position which could have been a lot higher. They conceded the second highest amount of goals in the league, 68 in total which compares to 70 by Almeria who finished bottom. Pellegrini wasted no time in addressing the defensive issue and soon secured both Joris Mathijsen and Martin Demechelis from German clubs Bayern Munich and Hamburg respectively.

With further activity expected from Malaga, they are rumoured to be interested in Liverpool's Daniel Agger to further bolster their leaky defence. It will certainly be fascinating not to just see what further transfers they make, but also how well they do next season which high expectations of competing for that all elusive Champions League spot.

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