Bags of cash for Buffon?

MORRIS DALLA COSTA

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Whiners, bags of cash and silly rumours have all played major roles in English Premier League news on and off the pitch.

Manchester City is talking about bags of cash but it will be interesting to see if anything actually comes of it during the transfer window this winter.

Juventus and Italian national team super goalie Gianluigi Buffon are usually at the centre of the rumours.

Even though he hasn't played in a month because of injury, the Daily Mail reported that Manchester City were willing to offer Buffon 250,000 euros a week to play for Manchester City with a 20-million pound transfer fee to Juventus.

Buffon's agent Silvano Martina was livid at the Daily Mail.

"The paper who wrote the story are dishonest, liars and they only hurt themselves," the agent told goal.com.

"Manchester City have never contacted the player. Whatever has been written this morning is worse than rubbish.

"It's a disgrace and they should be ashamed of themselves. I have never spoken to anyone and Juventus have never received an offer.

"The papers don't know what to write. They just meet up at night and say 'Let's do this.' "

"The figures being written are absurd. Stupid people just write what they want, does that mean it's news?"

How does that go? Something about he doth protest too much, methinks?

OK, we are all aware of the highly successful Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of Manchester United. He stands up for his players and team no matter how wrong he is. He is the poster boy for the arrogant manager's club.

The bottom line is, the man can flat-out manage a football club. But when he isn't angry at how the referees have mistreated his club, he's angry with the press for doing their job.

The latest "I'm bloody angry" tirade has come because Sir Alex feels the press has created controversy over his striker Wayne Rooney. In a Champions League game against Aalborg, Rooney was involved in several incidents, including a studs-up tackle of an AaB player. UEFA is reviewing the incident.

The press dutifully reported and commented on it, over and over and over again. Ferguson felt that most of the controversy was created by the press and refused to discuss Rooney during a press conference.

It isn't as if Rooney doesn't have a history of stupid challenges and controversial incidents.

Sir Alex needs to get over it. It's all fair game especially when Man United gets away with a great deal because they are Man United.

Ferguson has often used the press to decimate a referee or player he wants to be critical of.

But Sir Alex has always been a generous guy. He prefers to give rather than receive.

Speaking of silly, this one is about as silly as it gets.

Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini was spotted in England, ergo he must be there to take over as manager of an English club.

There may be some clubs who are interested but one media outlet reported that Mancini is working on a big deal to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea.

Such silliness.

This is where Buffon's agent's quote - "The papers don't know what to write." They just make it up - gains validity.

Mancini wouldn't be too surprised to see his former player at Inter, Adriano or the "party-made Brazilian" as he became known, is in hot water again.

Adriano was sent home by coach Jose Mourinho before practice Thursday because Adriano wasn't "quite sober."

Since the news broke, Inter has scrambled to deny the story, indicating that Adriano left practice to be treated for an injury.

Let's drink to that.


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