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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Anyone for the last of the perma-tanned, Portuguese megastars?

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WHAT WOULD YOU do if you were offered £21m a year in wages?

Unlike the rest of us, Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly said “no thanks” to Manchester City and declared his intentions to remain with Real Madrid for the remainder of his playing career.

Ronaldo claimed he would not be motivated by money in his decision-making – something which is pretty easy to say when you already earn £13.5m a year.

Cesc Fabregas is currently on holiday, probably in attempt to escape the relentless speculation linking him with Barcelona. £35m is the latest figure quoted. Arsenal will reportedly also get half their youth team – Thiago Alcântara, Martín Montoya, Jonathan dos Santos or Andreu Fontàs – in return for Fabregas’ services.

Manchester City are said to be close to signing £27m-rated Udinese star Alexis Sanchez in their bid to spend as much money as is humanly possible.

The Daily Mirror reports that Didier Drogba will be a makeweight in Chelsea’s bid to sign Luka Modric, while The Sun says that Chelsea are willing to offer the Croat wages of £130,000-a-week – mere pocket money in comparison to the likes of Ronaldo – to sign on the dotted line.

Blackpool’s talisman Charlie Adam has again been linked with a move to Liverpool for £10m. Perhaps his agent keeps telling the papers this in the hopes that it might actually happen some day.

Ezequiel Lavezzi is apparently set to replace Carlos Tevez at Man City next year for £18m – commentators should have fun trying to pronounce that name.

In addition, Younes Kaboul, rather than Bale or Modric, will reportedly be the first player to leave the sinking ship that is Tottenham this summer, with Marseille reportedly expressing an interest in the player.

Finally, Guus Hiddink will return as Chelsea manager later in the week and his first order of business will be to reappoint everyone’s favourite Uncle Fester lookalike, Ray Wilkins, to the post from from which he was fired eight months previously.

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