Rumors and Realities: Ribery to Barcelona, David Villa to Real?
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In the process of buying every dribbling forward on planet earth, Florentino Perez is said to be close to signing Valencia's Davids, David Villa and David Silva.
Never mind thinking how Silva, Arjen Robben, Kaka, Raffel van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Cristiano Ronaldo will all fit in the same squad, Florentino.
Who cares? Just buy them, make them richer, happier and give R-R material for a lifetime of articles. That's why "Everybody Loves Florentino." Well, not everybody. I'm sure some clubs would love to keep their stars.
Real Madrid have made a final, "take it-or-leave it-or maybe we'll double the money later" €25m plus Alvaro Negredo offer for Valencia's Spain winger David Silva.
Meanwhile reports suggest Villa is close to his proposed Madrid switch with negotiations going smoothly and a €40m deal believed to have bene agreed between the two clubs.
So Ronaldo looks set to move to the Spanish capital. It's unfortunate, it's sad, it's unbelivable, it's a bombshell... But it's true.
Manchester United already know that and won't be stuck in denial. They have moved quickly to bid for Wigan's Antonio Valencia, who looks destined to play in Old Trafford next season.
United are also battling to sign Franck Ribery. However, Bayern are only willing to let go of their France international if the interested club come with a "crazy" bid. Manchester City, where are you?
On the other hand, Barcelona have offered a final €60m bid as they also chase Ribery.
Meanwhile R-R doesn't really know why Samuel Eto'o is being thrown around at clubs. The man scores 20 goals in a bad season for him. Why aren't Barcelona keen on keeping him? And why are they keen on bringing Javier Mascherano?
Do they need Liverpool's Macherano? The crazy reports that have made R-Rfamous (well, almost), are suggesting Barcelona will offer a swap deal with Eto'o moving to Liverpool and Mascherano to Barcelona (that's a stupid one, Laporta).
Meanwhile another Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso is linked with Real Madrid. Shocking, huh?
Real have 'reportedly' offered Arjen Robben and Gabriel Heinze in return for the Spanish midfielder. Not a bad offer. What do you think Rafa?
Finally, The Guardian reckons that Sunderland are closing in on a £10m deal for Darren Bent.
The Black Cats are also considering an audacious £15m swoop for his Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane.
Milan are set to bid for Edin Dzeko according Gennaro Gattuso, who said that the Wolfsburg striker is exactly what the Italian giants need after Kaka's sale.
Jeremy Matthieu moves to Valencia Toulose, Bruno Cirillo leaves Reggina and heads to PAOK while Panathinaikos complete the signing of Malian defender Cedric Kante on a free transfer. Yeah, as if anyone cares.
That's it for now,
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