Thursday, November 30, 2023

Final market sprint pending from Horta and the brooch to the squad

The end of the transfer market is approaching and with it a maelstrom of movements in the offices of Spanish clubs. Málaga CF did most of the work in the first weeks of the summer transfer window, but It has been left for the last few days to specify one more arrival that reinforces one of the positions in which the team has shown shortcomings in these first preseason games. In addition, the soap opera Ricardo Horta it follows its course and time is running out to finish deciding its nearest future.

The summer market closes in Spain this Thursday, September 1 at 12 at night, so the blue and white sports management has less than three days left to close any incorporation that opens the range of possibilities for Guede in a short squad. Málaga currently has 20 players with a professional record, so it has 5 free places for possible reinforcements.

In what position could that clasp reach the template? The blue and white team has shown that it has shortcomings in several positions in these first three days, but one of the key positions to strengthen must be the striker. Adrián López has decided to undergo surgery and, therefore, his inclusion in the team, if it ends up happening, will have to wait a few months. Guede has Rubén Castro and Fran Sol as regular strikers but behind them there is no replacement that is giving guarantees. Loren has not finished knocking down the door and Chavarría played his first minutes in Anduva after overcoming a new muscle injury. So, the spearhead is one of the favorite plots to reinforce.

Other positions where it would not hurt to have some more cash in the rails. The alternatives to Juanfran on the right are Ramalho and Bustinza, and both have difficulty producing in attack. At the moment, both one and the other have muscular problems. In a defense with three central defenders and lanes, Guede has the option of Pablo Hervías, but the other day that system was not the chosen one and the minutes that the Rioja player had were acting ahead of Juanfran. On the left, the team has Javi Jiménez, at a very good level in the last match, goal included, and Víctor Olmo, who left serious doubts after starting against UD Las Palmas. It is not crazy to think of a reinforcement for a side.

Soap opera Ricardo Horta

The theme of summer in a blue and white key still does not have its end point. Though the denouement cannot be delayed too long. Despite the fact that the transfer market in Portugal ends on Thursday, September 22, the deadline to register players in the group stage of the Champions League ends this Friday, so if Benfica wants to have Ricardo Horta in these first meetings you must have it signed before that date.

Meanwhile, Málaga continues to wait for events to unfold and is firm in its decision not to give in to pressure or accept ridiculous offers. In Martiricos they want SC Braga, a team in which the Portuguese player still plays, to comply with what was agreed upon at the time if he ends up selling the player in this final stretch of the market to Benfica. For better or worse, the epilogue of the matter must be immediate.


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