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Higauin Bale Suarez Reina

Higuain, Bale, Suarez, Reina News

Higauin Bale Suarez ReinaAccording to Marca, Arsenal have raised their bid from 21 to 26 million euros for Gonzalo Higuain. They report that the Argentine striker, currently back in training with Madrid, wants to leave but that Real Madrid won’t accept less than 40 million euros for him.

Thanks to a statement from Liverpool Managing Director, Ian Ayre, Madrid are aware that Arsenal have already had a formal bid rejected for Luis Suarez for 40 million euros and are prepared to hold out until a similar offer comes in.

Meanwhile, Livepool’s Pepe Reina is said to be the target of his former boss and current Napoli manager, Rafa Benitez. It is thought that Napoli have turned their interest to Reina, who is valued at 13 million euros by Liverpool, due to problems coming to an agreement with QPR for Julio Cesar.

And lastly, Mundo Deportivo are reporting this morning that Real Madrid could end up missing out on both Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez as both Tottenham and Liverpool stand firm, insisting that their prized assets are not for sale.

They report that Spurs have offered to double Bale’s current wage packet in order to keep him at White Hart Lane. However, Florentino Perez is desperate to land a ‘Galactico’ for this season and may end up offering Angel Di Maria and/or Gonzalo Higuain to Spurs in part of an offer that will better Manchester United’s supposed upcoming 70 million euro bid.

If Tottenham remain stubborn then it is thought Perez may attempt to use the two Argentinians as part of the bait in the Suarez deal instead.

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Rafa Benitez says playing against women will help Fernando Torres

Rafa Benitez says playing against women will help Fernando Torres

Rafael Benitez says Fernando Torres is a great player and to recapture his best he must play against women. He says it doesn’t matter how many video clips you have of Torres, it is not the video clips that will help Fernando Torres improve his form. He’s says he sees him on training pitch and he is excellent and now it’s just a case of getting him to “prepare a game for women, nothing else”.

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Spanish Football News: Round up of last few days

Spanish Football News: Round up of last few days

Video of what the papers say in Spain:

More on the Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid story.

Racism alert: Espanyol’s Ghanian player, Wakasa, accuses referees of targeting him for his colour.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to ask for a move to Real Madrid. Spurs will accept €60m. Madrid won’t pay.

Jose Mourinho talks to Maicon after Man City Champions League clash and pokes fun at Rafa Benitez, describing him as ‘the fat one’ and joking that Marco Materazzi will probably join him -a sarcastic comment based on Materazzi’s great dislike of Benitez. Reminded me of this great video of Mourinho and Materazzi crying when parting for the final time.

More about Mourinho’s strained relationship with the board and Perez in particular, currently at it’s lowest point.

Brazil sure Guardiola ‘would sign tomorrow’.

Cristiano Ronaldo €125m move to PSG.

Barcelona could play in the French league if Catalonia gain independence.

Barcelona win 4-0 away at high flying Levante in best performance of the season, and this with (after Alves went off injured in 13th minute) 11 players that came through their youth set up at La Masia! – Valdez, Montoya – Puyol – Pique – Alba, Xavi – Busquets – Iniesta, Pedro -Fabregas – Messi.

6 Spanish players in top 15 midfielders of the year.

Stoke City and Liverpool chasing Lazio’s 25 year old striker, Mauro Zárate.

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Mourinho to PSG, Ronaldo to Man U, Reina to leave Liverpool, Falcao to one of 4 Prem clubs

Mourinho to PSG, Ronaldo to Man U, Reina to leave Liverpool, Falcao to one of 4 Prem clubs

In today’s video:

The Ronaldo return to Manchester United Story

In response to what we reported last week that Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United, both Mundo and AS quote Ferguson today, with Madrid based AS making this story a front page feature. Both papers quote Ferguson as saying that he would like it to happen but that it would be practically impossible to sign Ronaldo right now at the peak of his career because he would cost too much. He says possibly one of the Russian clubs could afford him but that ‘CR7’ used to complain of English winters so doubts he’d go there.

PSG want Ronaldo and Mourinho

Al Thani, owner of PSG wants to lure not only Ronaldo, but also Mourinho to Paris. Mundo say Mourinho wants to live in London from next season and coach PSG (only 2 hours by train). AS also speculate as they report on a story from the Daily Mail that Mou’s wife and daughter were in London on Friday to enrol his 16 year old daughter on a Fine Art course at Camberwell College of Arts.

Mancini knows more than Morinhou

Mundo report that Roberto Mancini’s son, Andrea, has come out ahead of the Man City v Madrid game and said that Mancini knows more about football that Mourinho.
Andrea is well known to Oldham fans after his one appearance for them in 2011. He was on loan from City at the time having been signed by his dad from Inter, where he spent 3 years having been signed up by his dad there. In total he made 0 appearances for either City or Inter and a total of 11 appearances on loan during this time. Having been released by his dad at the end of last season he failed in a trial at League 1 Bournemouth and he’s now plying his trade at Valladolid B in the fourth tier of Spanish football. By plying his trade we mean he’s on their books, though he’s not yet turned out for them!

Man City to raid players and staff from Barcelona

Staying with Man City, and following on from our video last week citing Barca’s fear of City raiding their youth setup, Mundo today report that Man City are interested in players such as Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets, Raul Sanllehi from the technical staff and the newest target, Doctor Ricard Pruna from the medical staff.

Shorts

  • AS – Kaka to Italy.
  • Mundo -Reina to leave Liverpool.

La Liga stars tend to leave for Premiership, Falcao is next – Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester clubs battle it out

MARCA have an article entitled ‘The English Supermarket’ today. They talk of all of the players that move from Spain to England: Football is no stranger to the economic crisis plaguing Spain and thus many players are now moving abroad, particularly to the Premiership. They cite Rafa Benitez as the first to regularly fish from the La Liga lake, catching Torres, Xabi Alonso, Reina, Luis Garcia and Morientes, with players such as Cazorla, Aguero, Silva, Mata, Yaya Toure, Owen and Coloccini taking the bait since. English clubs have transferred over €300m to La Liga in the past decade (so surely this is actually of benefit regarding the crisis?!). Players such as Fabregas and Pique also moved, for free. More recent English acquisitions have been Suso, Bellerín, Pozo and Denis Suarez.

…Then a separate article, entitled ‘Heading to the Premiership’ talks about Chelsea, Man United, Man City and Spurs all fighting to get their hands on Radamel Falcao. It quotes Falcao as saying, “One day I’d like to go to a different team in a different league, but I have 3 years left on my contract and right no the reality is Atletico Madrid”. Marca speculate whether this move may come to fruition sooner than expected: Falcao has not been selected for any Europa League games this year, adding weight to the theory he may be off in January, but Falcao himself says this is nothing to do with the possibility of him leaving, but is a ‘precaution’.

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