Liga - Transfer round-up: Tug-of-war for Higuain

A round-up of the day's transfer rumours from Spain.

Liga - Transfer round-up: Tug-of-war for Higuain

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Football Liga 2012-2013 Real Madrid Higuain

After reports of Chelsea offering €55m for Edinson Cavani, now Real Madrid have reportedly offered Napoli cash plus Gonzalo Higuain.

The bidding war is heating up for the Uruguayan hitman, who Napoli have said they won’t sell for less than his €63m release clause.

This morning Sky Sport Italia and Tuttosport both claimed that Chelsea had raised their proposal to €55m, but it was rejected along with another offer worth €30m plus Fernando Torres.

According to Sport Mediaset and Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Real Madrid reacted to the news by improving their own bid.

The offer on the table from the Merengues is now cash plus striker Higuain, who is in negotiations with both Juventus and Arsenal.

The proposal also includes the gate from a prestigious friendly between Napoli and Real Madrid, plus a series of performance-related bonuses.

Should David Villa stay at Barcelona for the final year of his contract, a clause will reportedly dictate that he will become the club’s second highest paid player.

The striker is seen as a transfer target of a number of clubs this summer, with Atletico Madrid said to be up against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in competing for the 31-year-old’s signature.

However, whilst the player is seen as keen to leave, his wages are reportedly a barrier for interested parties, as is Tito Vilanova’s reported desire to still convince Villa to stay on for next term.

Barcelona, though, are believed eager to either sell the player for a fee of around €15m, or sign him to a new contract.

Whilst this choice is believed set by the club’s ambition to either cash in on the star now or ensure that they at least do not lose him on a free transfer next summer, Marca suggest that another motivation is prevalent.

Villa’s four-year contract signed with the club in the summer of 2010 reportedly held a clause that for the final year, his wage would rise from its usual €7.5m rate up to €11m.

This amount would place the player as second highest on the club’s payroll next season.

Celta Vigo may follow up Saturday’s confirmation of Abel Resino’s departure with a quick announcement of Luis Enrique as his replacement.

Resino was reported by the Galicians today as having left the club by mutual consent, just a week on from having successfully guided them to safety on the last day of the 2012-13 season.

Celta are believed already working on finding Resino’s successor and initial rumours have paired them with a move for former Barcelona B and Roma coach Luis Enrique.

Reports are growing that the 43-year-old could be confirmed in the role over the next 24 hours.

According to The Sun, Manchester United have not given up hope of signing Cesc Fabregas and will battle Arsenal for his signature.

New boss David Moyes is particularly keen on the Barcelona midfielder, who was out of favour at the Camp Nou for much of last season, although it is understood Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has first refusal on his former player.

Fabregas has consistently stated he is happy in the Catalan capital, yet Moyes is keen to test his loyalty to La Blaugrana and is prepared to back it up with a bid to the tune of €50m.

Wenger would be first in the queue if Fabregas gave any indication he would be prepared to reignite his career back in England, but with the Frenchman also understood to be interested in both Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain it would eat sizeably into his transfer budget.

Even so, Arsenal have made it known they will be major players in the transfer market this summer and, with Fabregas due to talk over his future with Barca boss Tito Vilanova in the next few days they will be observing United’s stance with interest.

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