Rumors & Realities: Villa Off to City?

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Rumors & Realities: Villa Off to City?

It is R-R's favorite time of the year! R-R is back in full force as January approaches. The rumors are all around cheap football websites and hallucinating papers' columns.

And where better to start for R-R than the city of Manchester?

Manchester City are ready to offer Valencia a ground-shaking €69 million for David Villa, according to a report in the British tabloid The Sun.

However, City's days won't all be about the cheers of blind big-spending with the team's manager, Mark Hughes, submitting a serious ultimatum to the owners.

Yes, Hughes is a man of his word, a man of pride. He says that he will quit if the owners interfere, and he will. But R-R thinks that sacking Hughes will be part of the owners' future plans anyway.

Another proud man is Jose Mourinho. After seeing his team beat Lazio 3-0, The Special One had special praise for his special team, especially Esteban Cambiasso.

City owners heard that a player is getting praise and they have not bid for him yet. That is when, according to unknown, untrusted sources, City are ready to bid €17m for Cambiasso.

City's Christmas list has Santa Claus moaning. With €70m-rated Gianlugi Buffon also on their list, Mr. Clause is seriously thinking of retiring.

Florent Malouda (aka Chelsea fans' worst nightmare) is looking to move on after a terrible period in London with the Blues. According to the same unknown and untrusted sources mentioned above, the Frenchman is on Juventus' radar.

R-R thinks Juve should just ignore whatever is appearing on their radar especially when their radar is spotting Maloudas.

Juventus chiefs want Werder Bremen star Diego. However, according to sources from Turin, the two forces opposing this deal are the German club's board and Claudio Ranieri.

The German club want their Brazilian star to remain. But Juve surely do have the resources to change their minds.

But with Ranieri not interested in Diego, the deal is unlikely to go through.

After Rafa Benitez rejected the last contract offer from Liverpool, the Spaniard  emphasized on the fact that his refusal was not based on money.

With rumors surfacing that Benitez is not totally happy in Liverpool, writers enjoy linking Benitez to every underachieving club as Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

An R-R favorite, Gianpaolo Pazzini, wants to pack his bags and leave Fiorentina. The likely destinations include Sampdoria and West Ham.

Yossi Benayoun may face the same fate as Pazzini. Another bench-warmer, Benayoun might be on his way out of Anfield.

Everton (aka that striker-less EPL club) are reportedly in the hunt for Zenit striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

That is it for R-R this time.







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