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Mega-deals in the making?

Writes columnist Rob Hughes: "It is that time of year. Chelsea, bankrolled by an oligarch, Barca, which has 112,000 members who pay to belong to the club, and [Manchester] City, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family, are able to pay Monopoly money for stars they want." Barcelona is after the Brazilian Robinho, who earns $8.8 million a year at Manchester City, which bought him for more than $50 from Real Madrid in 2008. Chelsea is after Bayern Munich's French attacker Franck Ribery and appears willing to bid as high as $75 million and pay the Frenchman $300,000 per week. Man City is reportedly considering an $80 million bid for Liverpool's Spanish striker Fernando Torres.

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