Racing Santander struggle to strengthen as financial woes continue

Racing Santander remains one of the least active teams in the transfer market this summer as ongoing legal disputes and uncertainty over their ownership continue to influence plans.

Coach Hector Cuper has been unable to strengthen his squad and will most likely have to sell before he can bring in any fresh blood. The most likely player to make way is 23-year-old Argentine striker Ariel Nahuelpan, with a move back to his homeland the most likely outcome.

One potential signing Cristian Menendez has now accepted an offer from Libertad in Paraguay and there is a fear that Racing could miss out on other preferred targets as they are not in a position to act promptly during negotiations. Uruguayan forward Cristian Stuani – who currently plays for the Italian side Reggina – has spent the last two seasons on loan at Albecete and Levante and has expressed his desire to play for the Cantabrians. However, if a deal is not reached this week the player’s agent has indicated that he may be forced to look for a move elsewhere.

Another player being linked is former Racing midfielder Antonio Tomas but it remains to be seen if President Francisco Pernia can succeed in striking a deal to bring the 26-year-old former youth player back to the Club.

Meanwhile Hector Cuper has been putting the players through their paces on the training ground and midfielder Adrian Gonzalez believes Los Racinguistas can do well this year: “We will not change much because we are not in a position to make many signings,” but he added: “The team can do just as well as last year, when we showed what a solid base we have.”

He also commented on the supposed tough physical training methods preferred by the Coach: “We have had a couple of tough days like all teams but this is normal and is needed to be ready for the start of the new season.”

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