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Man Utd encouraged as Racing Santander deny Real Madrid Canales deal

Racing Santander president Francisco Pernia has poured cold water on reports of an agreement with Real Madrid over the sale of Sergio Canales.

Canales, 18, is off contract in June and while Real are confident of signing the midfielder, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also keen.

Last night, Pernia added to the uncertainty by declaring: "There is a lot of news, but this is not the time to close the deal."

Unlike Real, United can sign Canales to a pre-contract immediately.

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