MADRID - Malaga have agreed to sign
former Spain winger Joaquin from Valencia, their seventh recruit
since the end of the La Liga campaign, the Spanish south-coast
club said on Friday.
"The two entities have closed an agreement so that the
player from Puerto de Santa Maria can become the seventh
incorporation for next season," Malaga said on their website.
"He will complete his commitment in the coming days."
The 29-year-old, who has won 51 international caps, was
Valencia's most expensive signing when he joined from Real Betis
in August 2006 for a fee of around 25 million euros.
Local media reported the midfielder would move for a fee of
up to five million euros.
Joaquin will join Argentines Diego Buonanotte and Martin
Demichelis, Dutch duo Joris Mathijsen and Ruud van Nistelrooy,
Spanish defender Nacho Monreal and French midfielder Jeremy
Toulalan as new recruits at the club.
Malaga were bought by a member of the Qatari royal family at
the end of the 2009/10 campaign and after finishing 11th in La
Liga last month have continued to build a squad they hope will
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