Whether Manchester Unitedâ€™s Larsson loan deal turns out to be a genius bit of Cantona or a big pile of steaming Blanc, itâ€™s definitely different.
Given the shocking amount of cash you have to hand over for a half decent young player these days, here are five more players that Premiership teams might consider, should they want to do a spot of grand Larssony (ho ho ho!) themselves and sign a golden oldie on a short term deal.
Christian “Bad Guy From Gladiator” Vieri, 33 – currently working for minimum wage (1,500 euros a month) at Atalanta, so may fancy dipping his toe in a wealthy Premiership wage pool. Heâ€™s also on a 100,000 euro a goal bonus with his Serie A team so should be busy developing that selfish streak that good strikers need. Or old, lazy strikers.
Destination: Newcastle. Big name, Shearer-esque in his prime, kinda crap now, what more can you ask for?
Jay Jay Okocha, 33 – was lighting up the Prem in a Bolton shirt before letting slip that he fancies a big money holiday in the Quatari league. After a few months playing for Quatar SC he may now realize what a terrible mistake heâ€™s made. Any clubs looking for a tricktastic attacking midfielder with a propensity for hitting the woodwork should get in before Big Sam gets his hands around him again.
Destination: Bolton, Big Sam tells Jay Jay whatever he did the first time around and gets him back again.
Alessandro Del Piero, 32 – loyal to a fault, the little World Cup winner is currently wasting his final years with Juventus in Serie B. Could do a great job for a Premiership team coming on late, much as Bergkamp did in his final year or so at Arsenal. More likely though, heâ€™ll be content to go down in history as the Italian Alan Knight.
Destination: Manchester United, Ferguson showed with Blanc and Larsson that he just can’t resist signing the players who he wanted but couldn’t get in their prime.
Dennis Bergkamp, 37 – heâ€™s only been retired a year, surely someone could persuade him to dust off the boots, do a few laps and make a few Premiership cameos. Even in his latter days for Arsenal the non-flying Dutchman still looked the bees knees. They could probably do with him right now actually.
Destination: Tottenham. Shocking turn of events as he signs for the club who many people claim he supported as a boy, but probably didn’t.
Stan Collymore, 35 (36 in January) – he hasnâ€™t played for five years, heâ€™s a mentalist, but damn he was he talented. And he wants to play too. For all the craziness, wouldnâ€™t it be worth a club like Sheffield United or Watford (or even Charlton at this point) taking a gamble and signing the guy to a pay as you score deal? No, not that kind of score (ho ho ho!).
Destination: Charlton. They’re getting desperate.