Spain negotiates lucrative September friendly in Middle East

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is looking to take advantage of FIFA´s September 2 international fixture date to arrange a lucrative friendly in the Middle East. The RFEF has opened negotiations with various countries in the region, although Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar are understood to be favourites to host the World and European Champions, with Kuwait having already put a €3m offer on the table.

However, a major stumbling block could be that the date is also reserved for the Asian qualifying rounds for the 2014 World Cup, with the Bahrain-Qatar, United Arab Emirates-Kuwait and Oman -Saudi Arabia fixtures all due to take place. Even so, the money suggested is the highest the RFEF has ever been offered and a game in the Middle East against another European country, or even a South American one, cannot be ruled out.

While talks are still at an early stage, the fixture would not be welcomed by bosses such as Jos

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