Barring any last-minute surprises, Malaga’s transfer business is now done after the Costa del Sol side announced the loan signing of striker Diego Rolán from Girondins de Bordeaux.
A forward was the missing piece in the puzzle for Malaga who until now could only count on Borja Bastón, who joined on loan from Swansea City earlier in the window, and youngster Youssef En-Nesyri in attacking areas.
Rolán certainly fits the profile sporting director Francesc Arnau had been looking for. At 24 years of age, the pacey Uruguayan international already has experience in Europe and this summer had attracted plenty of interest, including from La Liga rivals Deportivo La Coruña, but Malaga stole a march and were able to confirm the deal on Tuesday.
In his four seasons in France, Rolán has scored 32 goals in 121 games. After a tough settling-in period, the forward scored 15 goals in 36 games in the 2014-15 season and last year bagged nine in 29 appearances after falling behind Alexandre Mendy and Gaëtan Laborde in the pecking order.
Bordeaux, however, still have high hopes for him and this week extended his deal with the club by another two years.
Malaga’s second signing in a week (Esteban Rolón was officially unveiled on Monday) will occupy the non-EU spot in the squad vacated by Michael Santos, also a Uruguayan striker, who joined Segunda side Sporting Gijón on a season-long loan earlier this month.
Rolán is Malaga’s twelfth signing this summer, joining Roberto, Diego González, Paul Baysse, Borja Bastón, Cenk Gonen, Adrián, Emanuel Cecchini, Andrés Prieto and Esteban Rolón (plus Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Juankar who made their loan deals permanent) in passing through the revolving door at La Rosaleda.
He will wear the number 24 shirt, previously worn by Luis Hernández who this season has chosen to wear 4, and could make his debut against Las Palmas after the international break.
Injury has forced him out of Uruguay’s upcoming qualifiers but the player himself has described the setback as “nothing major”.