Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gonzalo Higuain, Roberto Soldado, Gareth Bale

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJuly 23, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gonzalo Higuain, Roberto Soldado, Gareth Bale

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    New arrivals dominate the news ahead of this Tuesday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.

    The royal baby is here (and apparently an Aston Villa fan), and meanwhile FC Barcelona have found their man. As for the rumor mill, there's plenty of news on Roberto Soldado, Gonzalo Higuain, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and more.

    Keep reading for all the updates.

Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli?

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    Napoli have reached a deal with Real Madrid to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain for €37 million, according to AS.

    The deal includes €3 million in bonuses. Higuain will make €6 million per year.

    Higuain, 25, preferred a move to Arsenal, according to the report, but the Gunners would not pay more than €28 million.

    Last season, Higuain scored 16 league goals in 28 appearances with Real Madrid.

Roberto Soldado to Tottenham Latest

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    Tottenham Hotspur and Valencia were close to agreeing a deal for Spanish striker Roberto Soldado on Monday night, according to Sid Lowe of The Guardian.

    According to the report, Tottenham director of football Franco Baldini met with Soldado's agent in Valencia on Monday. During negotiations, Spurs reportedly increased their opening bid of €24 million. Valencia's asking price is €30 million.

    Soldado and Tottenham have agreed to personal terms, per the report, with Soldado set to earn about £3 million per year.

    On Tuesday, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri reported via Twitter that Valencia rejected Tottenham's bid of €26 million plus add-ons, and that Tottenham subsequently broke off negotiations.

    Soldado, 28, scored 24 league goals last season in 35 appearances.

Gareth Bale Nearing Real Madrid Switch?

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    Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t Sky Sports) is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale has agreed to a six-year deal with Real Madrid.

    The paper, which is known for its loyalty to Real Madrid, reports that Bale will be paid €10 million per year. Spurs, meanwhile, insist Bale is not for sale.

    Sky Sports quotes Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas as saying: "(Bale) is a player that we are willing to continue to have, he's a Tottenham player, he's one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future."

    Another Spanish paper, El Confidencial (h/t ESPN), reported this week that Real Madrid are preparing an £85 million bid for Bale. Meanwhile, English paper The Times reports that Manchester United are willing to break the British transfer record to sign the Welshman.

    Bale, 24, scored 21 league goals last season in 33 appearances. He was named PFA and FWA Player of the Year.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Stay with Real Madrid Until He Retires?

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    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t Sky Sports) that Cristiano Ronaldo will end his career with the club.

    Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United, where he played from 2003-09 before joining Real Madrid in a world-record £80 million transfer. This month, during a promotional event in Singapore, Ronaldo said he misses English football but also that he is happy with Real Madrid.

    Speaking about Ronaldo's future, Perez was quoted as saying in the Sky Sports report: "Cristiano Ronaldo is the cornerstone of our project. He's the world's greatest player and I can now say that he will end his career at Real Madrid. We haven't received any offer for Cristiano Ronaldo."

    Ronaldo, 28, was a finalist for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or. Last season, he scored 34 league goals in 34 appearances.

Chelsea Working On New Deal for Juan Mata?

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    Chelsea are working on an improved contract for Juan Mata, according to ESPN. The new deal would tie the Spanish midfielder to Chelsea until 2018 and raise his wages to £100,000 per week.

    Mata, 25, joined Chelsea from Valencia in 2011. His current contract runs until 2016, and he makes about £70,000 per week, according to ESPN. Per the report, Barcelona are interested in signing the midfielder, as are Manchester United.

    Reports last week suggested that Chelsea were interested in including Mata in a potential swap deal for United forward Wayne Rooney, but those reports were later squashed.

    Mata recorded 12 goals and 12 assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season.

Quick Kicks

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    Barcelona lost €8.3 million on the sale of David Villa, according to AS.

    Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has said the club would welcome back midfielder Shinji Kagawa (pictured), per the Daily Mail, but said a move for the Manchester United player "is not an issue at the moment."

    Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been spotted playing golf near Chelsea's headquarters, per the Daily Star.

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said Manchester United are "wasting their time" in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, according to The Sun.