World Football Gossip Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Mario Balotelli
Attackers regularly dominate headlines and match reports. Today, they also dominate the gossip pages.
In this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to "go home," another of Neymar's suitors visits South America, The Hunter signs a new deal and AC Milan plan a bid for the mercurial Mario Balotelli.
All those stories are inside. Keep reading for the details.
Cristiano Ronaldo Wants to Rejoin Manchester United?
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Cristiano Ronaldo has told friends and former teammates that he wants to rejoin Manchester United, but believes he would cost too much for his former club, according to The Sun.
Ronaldo, 27, joined Real from United for a record £80 million in 2009. He has scored 126 league goals in 118 matches for Real.
According to The Sun, Real would demand £122 million for Ronaldo.
Manchester City Courting Neymar?
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Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain spent two days in Brazil last week trying to sign Santos forward Neymar (via Daily Telegraph).
Neymar, 20, has become one of the world's most sought-after transfer prospects in recent seasons. He won the FIFA Puskas Award in 2011 and has been shortlisted for the honor again this year.
Neymar, a full Brazil international, is valued at around €40 million. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea are also thought to be interested.
AC Milan Plan £20 Million Bid for Mario Balotelli?
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AC Milan are planning a £20 million bid for Manchester City's Italian forward Mario Balotelli, according to the Daily Mail.
Balotelli, 22, recently accepted a £330,000 fine from the club over his disciplinary record from last season. He missed Saturday's Premier League win over Reading through illness, according to manager Roberto Mancini.
Mancini reportedly wants Balotelli to stay with City.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Announces New Contract with Schalke
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Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has announced he that he's signed a new contract with German club Schalke 04 (via Goal.com).
Huntelaar, 29, had been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool. His previous contract would have expired at the end of the current season.
The new deal lasts three years.
Daniel Sturridge to Have Liverpool Medical?
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Chelsea and England forward Daniel Sturridge is expected to undergo a medical with Liverpool on Sunday ahead of a January transfer (via Daily Mail).
The deal, which is reportedly worth £12 million, was thought to be in jeopardy after a disagreement over agents' fees.
Sturridge, 23, joined Chelsea from Manchester City in 2009.