So when I said that we should start to see some movement in the transfer market after the internationals on Wednesday I can assure you that an Â£80m bid for Ronaldo from Real Madrid wasn't what I was alluding to!
Wow! That just blew next season wide open. Ronaldo's a petulant diver, but the guy can play.
You don't replace such a player over night. It's potentially very good business though for Manchester United. This means they can keep Carlos Tevez, if he wants to stay, get back up and/or replacement for Owen Hargreaves which is their one other significant hole, pick up the long term replacement at centre back for Nemanja Vidic - who I believe will leave next summer - and bring in a replacement for Ronaldo... United for my money have the best squad in the Premier League (Liverpool the best starting 11) but it will take new players time to gel!
What fans don't realize is how much running Ronaldo does to get the opportunity to make his plays. Off the ball running is an underappreciated art and Ronaldo may be the best in the world at it. I can't stand the cheating, but the effort he puts into a game is unbelievable. United will miss that.
With Liverpool apparently unable to strengthen significantly, Chelsea aging, but still good side, and Arsenal that one player away from challenging for the title there is the potential for a fairly wide open chase for next year's Premier League title.
Meanwhile... it took him 48 hours after Kaka's move but fair play to Michel Platini for finally showing some consistency in his comments about large transfer fees. Gordon Taylor over at the PFA is still glaringly absent from the conversation. (Update: Gordon Taylor has now commented, but I find it very weak compared to his comments about City trying to buy Kaka in January.)
City are being linked with numerous players again. Hughes is wisely keeping quiet about targets other than his comment about Tevez. The more I think about it, I'm convinced that was designed to make United pay the maximum if they do indeed sign him. I really hope the Glen Johnson rumour is just more press muck-racking rather than someone that the club have actually made a bid for. I've never been a fan; stretching back to his West Ham days and the bizarre over bid that Chelsea made.
Those of you who have read this column over the past couple of years will, I suspect, remember my comments when Roque Santa Cruz joined Blackburn that the issue with the Paraguayan was not his ability to score but rather his ability to stay healthy. Like Dean Ashton, Santa Cruz is worth taking a flyer on in the Â£8m-Â£10m range just because we can but anything more is a waste of money and the presumption should always be that the player will not make it through the season.
City and United both with money in the market... This is going to get very interesting!