Granada’s bid to bolster their squad in time for their debut European campaign has stepped up a notch with the signing of veteran forward Jorge Molina. The 38 year old announced he was leaving Getafe on Monday after four successful seasons with the South Madrid club and has since agreed terms with the Andalusian outfit.
? Jorge Molina, nuevo jugador del #Granada.
? El jugador llega libre.
?️ Firma para las próximas dos temporadas.
? La presentación, mañana.
— Granada CF ❤️⚪️ (@GranadaCdeF) August 25, 2020
DONE DEAL – Molina joins Granada on a Free Transfer
- Previous Club: Getafe
- Fee: FREE
- Contract Expiry: 30th June 2022
- Position: Striker
- Age: 38
- 2019/20 LaLiga Stats: 36 Appearances | 5 Goals | 3 Assists
Molina leaves Getafe as a legendary figure at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. His impact on the club has been immense with Molina netting 20 times as Geta clinched promotion from the Segunda Division in his first season. Despite his advancing years, he went on to continue to play an integral role as Getafe secured three straight top half finishes in LaLiga for the first time in their history.
The 2019/20 season was his least prolific with just 5 league goals and having only netted in one match in 2020 (a brace in the 3-0 victory over Valencia in February), Molina’s time at Getafe is over but he leaves the club in a significantly better place than when he arrived.
The back-end of the 2019/20 season has also been challenging for Molina who was named in media reports with regards to an on-going match-fixing investigation. The striker fiercely denies any involvement.
Granada’s 73 Year Old Strike Partnership
Jorge Molina’s arrival at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes raises the possibility of Granada fielding a 73 year old strike partnership in the new season. 38 year old Molina could line up alongside 35 year old Roberto Soldado in attack and form one of the oldest strike pairings in LaLiga history.
With Granada in Europe for the first time, there will be a lot of football if they progress through the Europa League qualifiers into the group stage. Therefore Diego Martinez is likely to rotate his forward options and there are still likely to be fresh recruits in that position with the club keen on resigning Carlos Fernández who excelled up front during the latter stages of the 2019/20 season on loan from Sevilla.