Hello Premier League, remember us?
Real Madrid are desperate to trim the fat from their bloated squad, if only to help pay for Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and whoever else catches their eye this summer.
So the Spanish club has earmarked nine players it wants to flog, ideally to needy mid-level Premier League clubs with cash to burn, such as Tottenham and Man City.
Six of the nine are Dutch: Ruud van Nistelrooy, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Wes Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Royston Drenthe.
The other three are Gabriel Heinze, Javier Saviola (both Argentine) and Mahamadou Diarra (from Mali, and not to be confused with namesake Lassana, who Madrid want to keep).
For reasons unknown, Madrid insists on keeping “local heroes” Raul (past-it) and Guti (not good enough in the first place).
So where could these nine players end up? Presuming all of them do find a home, I imagine that most of them will probably end up in the Premier League.
A few scenarios:
Ruud van Nistelrooy to Tottenham The media says Arry Redknapp is interested, at the right price of course (Â£2m?), but Spurs would be taking a risk on the Dutchman’s age and fitness. Still, if RvN can get fully fit, he’d be a much better option that either Darren Bent or Roman Pavlymissalot.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar to Man Utd I can see this, especially if United miss out on Benzema. Could Huntelaar be the new Solskjaer? Would he be happy to spend that much time on the bench? If Huntelaar doesn’t go to United,