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Thank God football returns today -- and not a moment too soon. The last few weeks have felt like an eternity, a desert of boredom in the middle of the European Championship and the summer games. Sure, it may only be "pre-season" football, but I'm not choosy -- I'll take what I can get.
Meantime, some parting shots at the latest transfer stories in today's newspapers:
o Ibra to PSG? Probably a great signing by the Ligue 1 side. The guy is a complete enigma, but he's also a proven title winner -- in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain. The French title seems rather easily within reach with this latest move -- which must be true, as it's already reflected on his Wikipedia entry. Combined with the signing of Thiago Silva and coach Carlo Ancelotti, PSG could be a team to watch in next year's Champions League.
o Is the Manchester United transfer saga -- or lack of it -- the most boring football story of the summer? I wish they'd just sign Baines now so we could get rid of all the other endless links -- along with the inevitable disappointment that will follow. It's almost enough to make me long for the good old days, in which Wesley Sneijder was regularly spotted in Manchester by someone "in the know...".
o Luka Modric to Real? The prospect of losing one man crush -- Dimitar Berbatov -- to West Ham is upsetting enough. But losing Luka to another league altogether would truly be a double blow for this particular writer.
o Andy Carroll to Newcastle? I don't recall the Oakland A's ever selling a player back to the team he came from -- for less than half the value, and only a season later to boot. That's not called "moneyball." That's called being taken for a ride.
This is farlieonfootie for July 18.