Sunday 22 April 2018

Everyone’s talking about Sergio Canales

STILL only 18 and out of contract at the end of the season, Racing Santander’s attacking midfielder Sergio Canales was always going to be a wanted man next May, but after this weekend’s performance against Seville the battle for his services looks set to intensify and even brought forward to the current winter transfer window.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have watched the teenager (right), who twice made fools of a Champions League standard defence on Saturday as Racing beat Manolo Jiminez’s side 2-1 in the Sanchez Pizjuan. He sprang the offside trap on 25 minutes to send a delicate lob over Andres Palop and then he added a fine individual second on 37 minutes, once more at the expense of Palop, who was left on the seat of his shorts on the edge of the penalty area as the youngster scored his fourth goal in seven games.

Canales’ father acts as his agent and was keen for his son to sign a new deal before the season started but Racing refused and could now pay the price by seeing their prize asset leave for free at the end of the season.

The club, who part-own the player with Deportivo de La Coruña, are hoping a deal can be struck now with one of the “big two”, ensuring they at least receive some money and have the player immediately loaned back to them. The Racing coach, Miguel Angel Portugal, said: “It is a question for the president and the directors, but for the good of the team it would be best if he stayed here at least until he matured. His family will have a big say in what happens now.”

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