Camacho to Málaga deal in the works

The Atlético youth product is among the Andalusian side's top priorities for January

Atletico Madrid midfielder Ignacio Nacho Camacho might be sold to Malaga

Camacho on the way out? (

AS reports that Atlético and Málaga are close to finalising a deal for Rojiblanco midfielder Ignacio Camacho.

Officials from both clubs were in contact yesterday as they looked to seal an agreement that would transfer the 20-year-old to the Andalusian side.

Camacho would be available to Manuel Pellegrini by January, and the deal is said to be worth €1.5m. If it materialises, the contract for the Spanish youth international is likely to include a buy-back clause, as is standard with Atleti youth product transfers.

Proceeds from Camacho’s sale could go toward the signing of a much-needed replacement for Simao Sabrosa, possibly Juanfran from Osasuna.

Since his Primera División début in the 2007-08 season, Nacho has gone on to appear in 51 official matches with Atlético, having scored 2 goals.

With the return of Mario Suarez to the squad, Camacho dropped to 5th on the depth chart of an already crowded midfield.

Though we all know that Nacho bleeds red and white and is a die-hard Colchonero, he will be pleased with the opportunity to see significant action after having spent the past two seasons practically unused. If it is confirmed that we will have the option to re-purchase Ignacio from Málaga in the future, this would be a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Another player that is reportedly on the verge of being offloaded in these coming days is central defender Juanito.

In the case of Camacho, the question is, couldn’t we have taken care of this sooner? Perhaps in the summer instead of wasting another half of a season of precious development time for a once highly rated player?

UPDATE: The deal for Camacho, according to El Mundo Deportivo, is reportedly worth roughly €2m and could be officially announced Sunday. The contract will include a buy-back option and Camacho will sign for three and a half years.

Juanito and Asenjo are also on the way out. The defender could go to either Levante or Hércules, who have both shown interest, while the goalkeeper looks set to join Camacho at Málaga, though there are other clubs interested.

  • Derek Maaijen

    I think we’ve wasted a year and a half with Camacho actually. I’m very grateful that he’s never complained about his lack of playing time and I wish him all the best. Let’s hope a buy-back clause indeed will be included, so that one day we might see him back in the Vicente Calderón. Let’s hope he can go on to fulfill the huge potential that he showed when he debuted.

  • javi

    Without a buyback clause this is another bad deal.

  • Edletico

    I think this is a clever deal if a buy back clause is inserted as then it is like loaning to a la liga side for the next season or two. This could also allow him to become the player we all know he could become.

  • Sergio Lopez

    I agree with Derek – we’ve really wasted time, when Ignacio had been waiting his chances for so long. Our transfer policy is absolutely awful and we’ve already lost many highly-rated youngsters this way…

  • javi,

    reports the deal for Camacho is done, 2M for atleti with buy back clause, and Camcho goes to Malaga for 3.5 years. We should have done this before so the player could have gotten experience other than warming the bench.

  • Martin Rosenow

    Updated. Thanks javi!

  • javi

    My pleasure my firend Martin. Merry Christmas to all atleti fans…we suffer and enjoy together!