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There's clearly nothing like really annoying your former club by leaving them and then going back to try and poach their best players. Or at least that's what it seems regularly from the outside. New MANCHESTER CITY boss Mark Hughes is one such man to follow the template as he plans to go back to Blackburn and raid the Rovers of their only two decent players. A double swoop for both ROQUE SANTA CRUZ and DAVID BENTLEY will set him back $60 million but with a multi-millionaire megalomaniac as your boss the price tag doesn't really matter. Having realised that buying Gareth Barry would have been as helpful to their title chances as re-signing Djimi Traore, LIVERPOOL boss Rafa Benitez has suddenly - some would say at last - had a flash of inspiration. He's finally going to buy a world-class winger and not another half-decent central midfielder. FRANCK RIBERY is the target and the Bayern Munich star will set the Reds back $60 million. One person who is going nowhere though is EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR. The Arsenal beanpole has decided that he can just about manage to live on the meagre $200,000 a week wage the Gunners are prepared to fire in his direction. It may be tough but we hope the Togo striker isn't too hard up next season. To show that footballers and football in general has lost all sense of reality, Premier League newcomers STOKE are prepared to pay $12 million for Sunderland goalkeeper MARTIN FULOP. The Hungarian played fewer times last season than Gordon Banks - well that's not not exactly true but you know what we mean.

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