Over 150,000 MARCA.com readers selected what they believe to be the best eleven of the 2012/13 Spanish league. It consists of four players from Barcelona (Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi), three from Real Madrid, two from Atlético and two from Real Sociedad.
Arsenal’s interest in Gonzalo Higuain was gathering pace on Friday, with the Argentina striker reiterating his desire to leave Real Madrid in a deal that would cost around £20 million. Higuain’s father, Jorge, was on Friday quoted in Spain as confirming that Arsenal and Juventus had already been in contact. "He wants to go to a team in Europe where he is a main player and is shown affection," said Jorge Higuain.
FC Spartak Moskva have made their first major signing of the summer after securing midfielder Tino Costa from Valencia CF for a fee thought to be in the region of €7m. The 28-year-old, capped twice by Argentina, has signed a long-term deal with the Russian side that finished fourth in the Premier-Liga last term. Costa will join compatriots Nicolás Pareja and Juan Insaurralde at Spartak and arrives with nine seasons of European football under his belt since starting out in the French lower leagues in 2004.