Málaga’s capture of Sandro Rodríguez from Barcelona on a free transfer was one of the finest signings pulled off by the La Rosaleda club’s sporting director Francesc Arnau.
Sandro's release clause stands at six million euros
However, Málaga were forced to agree to several concessions, not least a minimum release clause of six million euros – extremely attractive to more financially powerful clubs – and a salary of almost two million euros a season that jeopardises Málaga’s wage structure, which caps out at 42 million euros per season. Sandro signed a three-year deal that runs to June 2019.
Koeman spotted at La Rosaleda
The forward’s performances this season and the relatively low fee he would command have led many clubs to keep an eye on Sandro’s progress. Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman and Director of Football Steve Walsh were spotted at La Rosaleda as Málaga beat Celta 3-0 last Sunday with Sandro hitting the third and had a chat with the player’s agent, Ginés Carvajal.
Premier League and Liga clubs lining up
Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton, Stoke and Newcastle have all been credited with an interest in Sandro while in LaLiga Villarreal, Sevilla, Atlético and Valencia are all keeping an eye on developments.