By DAN KARELL
While Arsenal have stalled on an improved bid for Real Madrid forward Golzalo Higuain, one club has come in and had a bid already accepted for the big striker.
Napoli, now managed by Rafa Benitez, has made use of some of the funds made available after the sale of Edinson Cavani, having a bid of €35 million ($46 million) for Higuain accepted by Real Madrid, according to reports in Italy. Arsenal’s most recent bid of a reported €27 million was rejected by Madrid, who would rather not sell Higuain, though the player wants to leave.
Reports in England state that Higuain has asked for a 48-hour waiting period to give Arsenal time to come back with an improved offer, as it seems that the Argentine international would rather play in the Premier League. Higuain has yet to agree personal terms with Napoli.
If Napoli does sign Higuain, it would be their third signing from Real Madrid this summer after transferring Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol.
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MAN UNITED MAKE SECOND FABREGAS BID
Not being deterred by a rejected first bid, Manchester United have kept up their pursuit for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Man United confirmed on Monday that they have lodged a second bid for Fabregas, reported to be worth £30 million ($46 million) plus add-ons, £5 million more than their last bid. Fabregas transferred from Arsenal to Barcelona in 2011 for £25.4 million ($39 million).
The English club are looking for a solid midfielder who can fully take the place of Paul Scholes, who retired for a second time at the end of this past season, and manager David Moyes is hoping that he can succeed with a bid for a top-level player.
Man United have already missed out on signing Thiago, Robert Lewandowski, and potentially Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
BARCELONA IN TALKS WITH ARGENTINE COACH
After the sudden resignation of Tito Vilanova due to health issues, Barcelona executives have quickly been on the move to sign a new head coach for the coming season.
Already, according to reports in Spain, the Barcelona brass have been talking with Newell’s Old Boys manager Gerardo Martino, who led the Argentine club to a league championship this past spring and a nice run in the Copa Libertadores. In addition, Lionel Messi has been previously quoted saying that he believes Martino is a good manager.
Though no deal is in place, Barcelona are expected to make an announcement on their coaching situation early this week, and reports state that representatives of the club have flown to Buenos Aires to advance the talks.
In their first preseason match of the new season, Real Madrid routed AFC Bournemouth, 6-0, in England. (REPORT)
Tottenham have signed FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli for a reported £7 million. (REPORT)
Former New York Red Bulls midfielder Juninho scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-1 Vasco da Gama victory over Fluminense. (REPORT)
Pepe Reina’s loan move to Napoli in Italy for the rest of the season is in order for Liverpool to get some financial relief, says manager Brendan Rodgers. (REPORT)
Brazilian international Bernard is due in London on Friday for a medical ahead of a proposed transfer to Arsenal. (REPORT)
AC Milan have released their squad numbers for the upcoming season, with new signing Riccardo Saponara taking the No. 8 jersey previously worn by Antonio Nocerino, who moved to No. 23. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Do you see Higuain ending up at Napoli? Do you see Barcelona selling Fabregas? Who do you see next managing Barcelona?
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