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Around La Liga 8.25

ValenciaValencia: Besides losing Roberto Soldado with a groin injury, Manuel Llorentes hard hand has cut another 5 million euros out of the budget by selling defender Alexis to Champions League rivals Sevilla. Villareal: Joan Capdevila may be looking at the age of 32, with a World Cup trophy in hand, to make that final contract move and play at Juventus where Spaniards, let alone Spanish defenders, have rarely fared well. Jozy Altidore says also that despite everything he prefers to stay. Levante: No shot at Levante, but how far has Asier del Hornos star fallen? After signing for Chelsea FC for 8 million pounds from the Athletic Bilbao first team, the well-traveled Basque has never spent more than a year at the 4 clubs he has played for since leaving London. For at least this year, he returns with a shot at first team football with Levante. Hercules: Dani Guiza is still a ways away from signing, but the club are very much exploring other options like the more likely, Portuguese International (Hugo Almeida) and the ridiculous (David Trezeguet from Juventus).

MurciaReal Murcia: the club will be without ex-Valencia goalkeeper Dani Hernandez because he has been called up by the Venezuelan national team to play friendlies against Colombia and Equatorial Guinea.

AndalusiaReal Betis: Brazilian-Turk Mehmet Aurelio has signed with Turkish side Besiktas. The club have also come to terms with club sponsor SEAT, a Spanish car manufacturer. Sevilla: With their early exit from the Champions League, there are rumors circulating that coach Antonio Alvarez is under pressure to either step-down or wait to be fired if the club start slowly. Names mentioned: former Recreativo de Huelva and Racing coach Marcelino Garcia-Toral and former Real Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano. Malaga: it is still unofficial, but online gambling firm William-Hill will not be sponsoring Malaga this year for religious grounds. Almeria: With the season starting in days, the club is just slightly short of projections for paid membership, right at around 9,000. They should be at around the 9,500 set last year.

Extremadura: Extremadura is very hot. 42 degrees Centigrade/108 Fahrenheit. Thats right about where we were yesterday here in parts of sunny Los Angeles, California. Ready for some football?

Castile-La Mancha: Atletico Madrid have agreed to loan 19 year old Senegalese forward Ibrahim Balde to Albacete.

MadridAtletico de Madrid: the Ueropa League winners are quietly preparing for their second trophy of the last few months in the European Super-Cup against Champions League winners Inter Milan. Real Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago will be out for over a month with a knee he suffered against Penarol of Uruguay in a preseason friendly. Getafe: West Brom have lauched a 3 million euro bid to buy Getafes Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng. Barcelona canterano, you-team midfielder Victor Sanchez-Mata will be playing for the azulones this year.

GaliciaDeportivo La Coruna: Rodolfo Bodipo, who spent last year on loan at FC Vaslui in Romania, has given his approval to go to Elche. Now Depor have to give their blessing to the deal.

AsturiasSporting de Gijon: not counted on by Sporting, defender Ivan Hernandez is being sought out by Real Betis

CantabriaRacing Santander: Racing are one of a few clubs that are interested in signing the Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg from Werder Bremen.

Pais VascoAthletic Bilbao: Russian side Rubin Kazan have offered Athletic Bilbao 12 million euros. That will be tough to ignore. Real Sociedad: after giving up on signing Liverpools Dani Pacheco, the club have signed Netherlands U-21 International, forward Jefferson Sarpong from Ajax Amsterdam.

La RiojaUD Logroñés: Alaves comes to town today to face UD Logrones for the start of the season in Segunda.

NavarraCA Osasuna: Brazilian defender Roversio has left the club and joined Real Betis.

Aragon ="color: blue;">Real Zaragoza: Along with Hercules, Zaragoza are also mentioned in the signing of French footballer David Trezeguet to fill the whole at the lone striker role that Chupete Suazo vacated when he went back to play in the Mexican League.

Catalunya: Barcelona: negotiations are at an advanced state with Liverpool to bring in disafffected Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano and with AC Milan for the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Both are likely.  Espanyol: With Mattioni gone for 6 or 7 months injured, the club are hoping to get another central defender. Ivan Ramis from Mallorca is a thought.

Las Islas:  Mallorca: Jose Carlos Nunez has received an offer from Sevilla. The 33 year old defender is likely to leave despite the calls to stay in the Balearic Islands.

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