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The Daily Star somehow concocted this ridiculous gem of a rumor involving out-of-favor AC Milan attacker Ronaldinho and Belgian and Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany. As reported by the Daily Star:

Ac Milan are plotting to take advantage of the uncertainty at Manchester City with a move for Vincent Kompany. The Italians feel Kompany is unsettled by the fall-out from the Carlos Tevez saga and the constant infighting at Eastlands.

The Belgium star is on wages Milan can’t match after signing a bumper new five-year contract in October 2009. But they CAN offer him Champions League football and a shot at the Serie A title this season in Italy, where they are currently top of the pile. Kompany has played in the Europa League this season, but would still be eligible to play for Milan against Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League if he switched clubs.

Vice-president Adriano Galliano is willing to offer players in part-exchange to make the deal happen, with Milan misfit Ronaldinho among them.

Hmm…let’s line up all the things that don’t make sense in this supposed swap deal:

1). Vincent Kompany is a key part of Roberto Mancini’s plans and a solid member of a fortifying back line. He is young, imposing, and a bit versatile as he can play as a defensive midfielder, too.
2). Ronaldinho has been linked to everyone but Manchester City. I guess it’s ‘ok’ to throw out another link but the influx of attacking mid-fielders at City is ridiculous and they would look for a true striker over an aging Brazilian any day. Perhaps Fernando Torres, Edin Dzeko, or Hulk would be viable options for the club. Besides, the club’s luck with investing large amounts in a Brazilian attacker didn’t exactly work out last time (Robinho, anyone?)
3). Defender for attacker swap? Tell me a time when this has happened and succeeded and I will eat my own words.

Taking the heart of a team and swapping it for a distracting Brazilian is quite unlikely. Then again, most of these rumors are. Let the fun really begin once the New Year hits. My New Years resolution? Stop listening to the Daily Star about transfer rumors. Maybe the National Enquirer would be a better source? Time will tell.


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