Having been rebuffed by Real Madrid star Iker Casillas, cash-heavy Manchester City has turned its attention toward the next best goalkeeper in the world and while Gianluigi Buffon might be more likely to be available, he certainly won't be coming cheap.
According to this report out of England, Buffon is seeking a salary of £13 million a year (about $19.5 million), a figure that would dwarf the league-high salary currently being earned by Manchester City star Robinho (less than £8.5 million, about $12.75 million).
Buffon has denied any interest or contact with Manchester City.
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Toluca rolls in first leg of Apertura final
Toluca moved one big step toward becoming Mexico's Apertura champions after beating Cruz Azul, 2-0, on the road in the first leg of the home-and-home Apertura final.
Paulo da Silva and Sergio Ponce provided the goals for Toluca, which will host the return leg on Sunday.
Ronaldo leads FIFA Award finalists
Cristiano Ronaldo stands poised to complete his sweep of major international player of the year awards after being named a finalist for the FIFA World Player of the Year. Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres and Xavi made up the list of finalists for the honor, which will be announce on January 12th.
Blanco's missing caps
In a story that surfaced on Wednesday, a FIFA spokesman revealed that retired Mexican international Cuauhtemoc Blanco has 97 caps, not the 100 caps he was believed to have when he recently retired from the Mexican national team.
Could this mean one more go-round with 'El Tri' for Blanco? With World Cup qualifying just two months away, and heavy pressure on Sven Goran Erikkson to produce, it seems unlikely that Blanco will be receiving a call from Sven even if he did come out of retirement to chase down those three caps he needs for 100.
What do you think of the above stories? You buying the absurd numbers being tossed around for Buffon? Surprised to see Toluca manhandle Cruz Azul? Would you vote for Ronaldo for World player of the year? Think Blanco has any chance to get three more caps for Mexico?
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