Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Isco, Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Mata, Pepe Reina

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterJune 21, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Isco, Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Mata, Pepe Reina

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    Another day means another successful Spanish player is being linked with a big-money move.

    On this Friday, the lead story in the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup concerns Isco, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder currently contracted to Malaga. Where is Isco going? How much will the transfer cost?

    Those questions are answered inside, where we also have updates on Gonzalo Higuain, Juan Mata and more. Keep reading for all the details. 


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    Manchester City expect to complete the £21 million signing of attacking midfielder Isco from Malaga within "the next 48 hours," according to the Daily Mail.

    Real Madrid are also thought to be interested in the 21-year-old, with talkSPORT reporting that Real have made a €20 million bid.

    According to the Mail's report, Isco decided to join Manchester City because of incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini, who managed Isco at Malaga. The article quotes Isco as saying: "I prefer not to comment about my future but the matter could be closed this Sunday."

    Isco scored nine goals in 37 league appearances for Malaga last season. He joined Malaga from Valencia in 2011.

Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney

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    Arsenal have completed a deal to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail. The transfer will reportedly cost £22 million, with Higuain to earn up to £150,000 per week over four years—after performance bonuses.

    According to The Guardian, Higuain likely will join Arsenal before they begin their preseason tour on July 11. The deal is reportedly dependent on Real Madrid's new manager, who will make the final decision.

    Higuain, 25, scored 16 goals in 28 league appearances last season with Real Madrid. The Argentina international would be the most expensive signing in Arsenal history.

    Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta hinted that Juventus could still have a chance to sign Higuain, telling Sky Sports: "Higuain? I do not want to say anything because there is still so much time left for things to happen."

    Higuain joined Real from River Plate as a teenager in 2006. He has scored 122 goals in all competitions for the Spanish club.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told CNBC that Wayne Rooney would find "great success" at Arsenal.

    Rooney, 27, reportedly made a transfer request near the end of last season to leave Manchester United after falling out with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney, however, denied doing so, per the Daily Mirror.

    Usmanov, 59, holds a 29.9 percent stake in Arsenal, according to ESPN

Juan Mata

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    The Daily Mirror reports that playmaker Juan Mata will remain at Chelsea, contrary to its own previous reports linking him with a move to Barcelona this summer.

    Earlier this week, the Mirror reported that Mata had been involved in a contract dispute with incoming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Barcelona were reportedly ready to offer £30 million for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder.

    The more recent report suggests Chelsea could offer Mata an improved five-year contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

    Mata, a Spain international, scored 12 goals and had 12 assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season. He joined Chelsea from Valencia in 2011. 

Claudio Marchisio

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    Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has told Sky Sports that midfielder Claudio Marchisio is not for sale despite reported interest from Manchester United.

    Marchisio, 27, made 29 appearances for Juventus last season in Serie A, scoring six goals. He is currently on international duty with Italy at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

    The Daily Mirror recently reported Manchester United's interest in Marchisio and quoted Marchisio as saying he was "very proud" to be linked with the English champions.

    But Marotta has dismissed the speculation, saying: "Juventus have never thought about putting him on the market. He is an important player and we will try to keep him with us."

Pepe Reina

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    Spain international goalkeeper Pepe Reina has told Spanish radio station Onda Cero (translated by The Independent) that he is happy with Liverpool but is open to joining a "bigger club."

    Reina, 30, earned the clean sheet on Thursday as Spain routed Tahiti 10-0 at the FIFA Confederations Cup. The Daily Mail reported last week that Barcelona have considered a move for Reina as a potential replacement for Victor Valdes.

    Speaking about his future, Reina said: "My situation is clear. I have a three-year contract with Liverpool, although in football you can never tell. I'm very happy and satisfied at Liverpool, I feel valued and respected. Logically, if there was a chance to improve and go to a bigger club it would be a good opportunity, although there are few clubs bigger than Liverpool."

    Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005. He played for Barcelona from 2000-02.

Quick Kicks

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    The agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says Skrtel is unlikely to join Napoli this summer, per Sky Sports.

    Celta Vigo have signed defender Andreu Fontas, 23, from Barcelona, per

    Free-agent Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who most recently played for Chelsea, is considering a move to Major League Soccer, according to talkSPORT.

    Arsenal are lining up a move for 17-year-old Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj, according to The Sun.

    Speaking to Sky Sports (via, AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has denied reports linking midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng (pictured) with AS Monaco.