Last week we talked of old faces returning, and more appeared this week. Simeone's return to Atlético Madrid after six years is the most interesting though, and sets up a fascinating re-encounter between the Argentine hard man and David Beckham, who clashed in the World Cup five years ago (Beckham's famous sending off) and could meet again in a Madrid derby. A guaranteed sell out. And then we were presented with the news that Savio will be joining Zaragoza and Milosevic is almost certain to join Celta, subject to a medical check. Talking of which, Milito's move to Real Madrid has been put on hold pending further tests on his bad knee.
The latest news though is that Barcelona have won the war of attrition for Ronaldinho and he will be signing a five year contract, a relief for new president Joan Laporta after failing to tie up Beckham. Villarreal also confirmed that they are serious about reaching the big time, and have tied up José Marí and Coloccini from AC Milan to join Sonny Anderson. Valencia are also in the news after their international goalkeeper Cañizares was linked with a possible move to Arsenal. (19.07.03)