Luis Suarez at Anfield

Transfer news: Luis Suarez favours switch to Real Madrid over Arsenal

If £40m release clause can be activated the Spanish club could be encouraged to join bidding

Fringe festival fixture Lucy Porter

My Edinburgh: Lucy Porter, part of the Fringe festival furniture

I first came to Edinburgh when I was 18 to serve on the Perrier Awards panel, and was inspired to try stand-up myself. In the intervening 22 years the press initially dubbed me a a 'fresh face', then 'a rising star', then an 'established name'. This year I was described as a 'permanent fringe fixture'. Like the rain, the sweaty venues and the panpipe players outside Waverley station, I have become part of the festival furniture.

The fantasy life has to end at some point for the Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. In his case, it may be at Napoli

Pepe Reina clarifies his words over Liverpool exit - insisting he is 'very grateful' to club

Reina joined Napoli on-loan and expressed his disappointment over how the move transpired but he has admitted he is not angry with Liverpool

Around 4,000 people attended the service near Pozzuoli

May they all rest in peace: Funeral for 38 victims of Italian bus crash

Relatives wept and clutched coffins draped with flowers at a mass funeral held in Italy for the 38 victims who died in Sunday’s bus crash.

Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina together at Napoli

It's smiles all round as Napoli unveil Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe Reina before pre-season match

Duo are introduced to the home crowd ahead of their friendly against Galatasaray

Italy bus crash: Burst tyre may have caused coach to plunge from viaduct, killing at least 38

Premier Enrico Letta cancels Greece trip, after 'huge tragedy'

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain completes move from Real Madrid to Napoli

Arsenal had been hopeful of signing the striker

Pepe was admired by Pellegrini when he coached Real Madrid

Transfer news: Manuel Pellegrini admits the spending could continue despite having already spent £90m on new signings

City are looking to add further names to their squad having with both Pepe and Eduardo Salvio rumoured to be on the radar

Jose Reina

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers confirms Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina will join Napoli on loan

The switch follows the arrival of Simon Mignolet at Anfield

Gonzalo Higuain

Transfer news: Napoli manager Rafael Benitez delighted about signing Real Madrid player Gonzalo Higuain

The striker had at one stage appeared destined to move to Arsenal

Julio Cesar

Transfer news: Arsenal are a 'concrete option' for Julio Cesar reveals QPR goalkeeper's agent

The Brazilian had seemed destined for Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain scores in Real Madrid's pre-season friendly against Bournemouth at Dean Road

Transfer news: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti denies a deal is in place to sell Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli

Reports suggested the striker was ready to move to Italy but the new Real boss has insisted that he remains one of his firs-team players until he is told otherwise

Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer news: Liverpool's Pepe Reina looks set to join Napoli on a season-long loan deal

Goalkeeper's position at Anfield looks under threat since Brendan Rodgers signed £9m Simon Mignolet

Florentino Perez, has dismissed speculation that Gonzalo Higuain (pictured) is about to join Arsenal

Arsenal transfer news: Wenger could be priced out of Gonzalo Higuain deal with Real Madrid's valuation rocketing to £37m

The Gunners may switch their attention to other targets Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney as Arsene Wenger continues his search for a striker

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