Sporting is studying all the options it has on the table to try to unlock the return of Juan Otero, who will return to Club América after completing his loan spell at the rojiblanco club on June 30. The continuity of the Colombian attacker is a priority objective for the sports area, which has great confidence in the 28-year-old footballer. But it is not an easy operation, far from it. In Mareo, contacts with the Mexican club began a few weeks ago, as LA NUEVA ESPAÑA advanced, under the formula of a loan for one more season. In recent days, all the routes have been analyzed internally, without any progress being made in the operation at the moment. At the moment, the management lives a paralysis.
The main stumbling block does not lie in the will of the footballer, who wants to return to Gijón and play for Sporting, but in how to fit this operation from a strictly financial point of view. Otero has an important record in America, which pays prohibitive salaries for the vast majority of the clubs in the Spanish Second Division. And adjusting that tab in the salary cap of the sports project is complicated. América, logically, does not want to finance an important part of this operation either, even though its relationship with the Orlegi Group is very fluid. The agreement between entities, which will mean the transfer of three Mexican talents to Mareo, helps. But it is not final. Otero is a great priority for the sports area.
A player to the taste of the technicians and who has been the most used of the entire squad. His versatility is also a value. He has acted as a winger and a striker. But his price on the market, and, above all, his high record make it difficult today for progress to be made in his arrival. The sports area, meanwhile, continues to take steps in planning. At the moment, two movements have already been confirmed and another is on the way, advanced by LA NUEVA ESPAÑA: the signing of Rubén Yáñez (2026) and the continuity of Jordan Carrillo, on loan from Santos Laguna for another year, and the incorporation into ownership for three seasons of Ignacio Jeraldino, who will continue at the rojiblanco club as it is an operation that is financially positive for Orlegi. Summer is supposed to be very long. In defense, one of the players they like is Alexandru Pascanu, a 24-year-old Romanian centre-back. He has a contract with Ponferradina until 2026. The Berciano club requests a transfer due to his departure. Sporting, meanwhile, does not seem to be considering paying money, but he is a footballer with a profile that is very popular to strengthen the defense. Gerardo García has more names on the list. Bruno González is in the market. But no contacts have been made.
The intention of the sports coaches is to give an important change to the composition of the future team. But the economic muscle and, above all, the contractual situations of some discards complicate a deeper transformation. Christian Rivera and Víctor Campuzano are two of the players who would be given an exit – Cali’s case is different, but also open – but they aim to go slowly. Campuzano, in fact, advocates continuing at the club, where he has a contract until 2025. In Mexico, meanwhile, Cali Izquierdoz was linked to Santos Laguna yesterday, a point that has not been confirmed.
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