Málaga's making the money-spashing headlines until this summer, but actually this will be the third window Al Thani's had to improve Málaga (counting the past winter transfer window, of course).
Here's a quick review of who he's gotten so far:
Summer 2010 (€16.2 Million spent)
Sebastián Fernandez: 25, Uruguay, striker (€3.6 Million from Banfield)
Sebastián is OK. But not much more than that, really. Could be a good sub, I guess.
José Salomón Rondón: 20, Venezuela, striker (€3.5 Million from Las Palmas)
Rondón is definitely talented, but still needs time to develop.
Rubén: 26, Spain, goalkeeper (€1.3 Million from FC Cartagena)
Rubén is and will be a serviceable substitute keeper.
Others (that failed): Sandro Silva: 26, Brazil, holding midfielder (€2.2 Million from Palmeiras); Eliseu: 26, Portugal, winger (€2 Million from Lazio); Kris Stadsgaard: 24, Norway, centre-back (€2 Million from Rosenborg); Rodrigo Galatto: 27, Brazil, goalkeeper (€1.6 Million from Atlético Paranaense); Javier Malagueño: 27, Argentina, centre-back (€.95 Million from Indios Ciudad Juarez).
So...not even beginner's luck on the first time around.
Let's see how they did the second time around (preview: they did good).
Winter 2010-2011 (€7.9 Million spent)
Willy Caballero: 28, Argentina, goalkeeper (€.9 Million from Elche)
Málaga's starting keeper last season. A fanastic buy for under a million euros.
Martín Demichelis: 29, Argentina, centre-back (€3 Million from Bayern Munich)
Tough, reliable defender for a good price.
Júlio Baptista: 28, Brazil, attacking midfielder (€2.5 Million from AS Roma)
Fantastic buy for that price and has become very dangerous once again in La Liga, scoring nine goals in half a season.
Ignacio Camacho: 20, Spain, holding midfielder (€1.5 Million from Atlético Madrid)
Reliable yet not-very-flashy midfielder that Atlético incredibly let go for pocket money. Great buy.
Enzo Maresca: 30, Italy, midfielder (free)
No-nonsense midfielder that always plays his hardest.
Seems like Málaga got their act together, and while they didn't spend big like this summer, they certainly made some great bargain-bin buys on the European Winter Market.