Santi Cazorla and three teammates reported Málaga to the Spain's Footballers' Association for unpaid wages.
Owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani seems to want out. In January, Málaga were banned from registering new players after failing to fully pay Nacho Monreal's transfer fee to Osasuna.
José Carlos Pérez, who ran the daily operations, passed away and Fernando Hierro quit his role as the general manager.
Eight days ago, Sid Lowe and David Hytner at The Guardian reported that Cazorla had agreed terms with Arsenal.
Lowe and Hytner added: "If Málaga do not settle those debts by 31 July they face relegation to Second Division B and the loss of their Uefa licence and Champions League participation."
So, what's the latest?
Here's a few tweets from Lowe:
Some final points. It's not Cazorla or Sahin. Arsenal want both. They're confident on both too. Cazorla agreed terms w/ Arsenal already. (1)
Malag[a] looking for solutions, got stay of execution but situation still urgent. Cazorla sale best way out. Still major confusion, though (2)
Oh, and the other thing.... Cazorla is a brilliant player (3)
And of course in all this, Cazorla is trying to push deal through. And given situation there are ways of doing that.
On the field, Cazorla inspired an under-performing Málaga side to fourth place. Throughout the season, Manuel Pellegrini did not have an extra pivot to compliment Jérémy Toulalan in the "2" of the 4-2-3-1—Duda was average. Enzo Maresca didn't look assertive at all. Ignacio Camacho could tackle but he couldn't orchestrate play.
So guess who had a stint as one of the two pivots? Cazorla, who was terrific in a 1-0 win over Sporting Gijón. He won back possession six times, completed 90 percent of his passes and created the game-winning goal.
To those doubting Arsène Wenger's interest in Cazorla: if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
There are two scenarios that will prevent Cazorla from becoming a Gunner:
- Al-Thani doing a 180 (highly unlikely)
- Another club outbidding Arsenal for the Spaniard—cue the €30 million bid from Chelsea.