Madrid has some competition for Gareth Bale with the Glazers supposedly making £100 million available to Manchester United manager David Moyes to sign Bale from Tottenham Hotspurs and Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona.
Marca have announced (again!) that Gonzalo Higuaín could be a Napoli player in a few hours (again!). The club will present him "as early as Saturday." Today is Wednesday. Pipita has been a few hours from signing with two other clubs (Juventus and Arsenal) several times in the past few weeks, so it's anyone's guess whether this is actually true. Marca's editorial policy appears to be to predict his signing with the flavour of the week every two days in the knowledge that eventually, they'll be right.
Arsenal, one of the clubs that considered signing Higuain, has turned its attention instead to Luis Suarez of Liverpool and has made a cheeky £40 000 001 bid (£40 million + £1.00) to activate and test a controversial clause in his contract. Liverpool, in no mood to bite, believe it only requires them to notify the player of the offer and allow the discussion of personal terms; salary, teething rings and the like. The player's agent/advisers (led by Pep Guardiola's brother) believe it is a buy-out clause. An arbitration board will likely be asked to chew it over.
Madrid will likely be awaiting the result with some interest since they are still in the market for a striker should Higuaín sign for someone...in a few hours.