It was a great summer for the cynics.

Robin van Persie crushed the spirits of Arsenal supporters around the world with his horribly timed website message that declared he was finished with the Gunners. Rather than remain with his teammates while a transfer was worked out, Clint Dempsey basically said screw it, took his ball and went home. Luka Modric’s transfer safa has resigned most Spurs supporters I know to a state of apathy.

“Football is a business” – shouts the inebriated man in the corner of the bar. He’s right, now so more than ever money talks. Being under contract  - ahem, Alex Song – doesn’t matter when one of the mega-clubs approach a player with a proverbial cloth bag with a dollar sign.

This morning the purists  - or the horribly naive, take your pick – got some good news. Roma’s Daniele De Rossi had been linked to Manchester City for weeks. City was prepared to offer him more money and a legitimate shot at silverware.  The Roman was excellent last year, only Andrea Pirlo completed more passes per game than De Rossi last season. Surprise, surprise – the home town kid wants to stay:

Maybe it was the vocal support directed by the Giallorossi faithful at De Rossi during Roma’s last game. Maybe any sane 29 year old professional footballer would prefer Rome over Manchester – ding ding ding!

Whatever the reason it’s a big day for the Serie A. A summer exodus saw some of the country’s best young players leave Italy. Yes, De Rossi is the highest paid player in the league, but he would’ve earned more by moving to City. Loyalty trumped greed. It’s a good day to be a Roman.

Ed’s note: Posting will be sparse today. We return to full time duty on Thursday.

Canada 

Canada opens the women’s U-20 World Cup with a solid win over Argentina.

England

Scott Sinclair set to join Manchester City.

Manchester United v Everton - Game Recap 

“We didn’t use Van Persie properly”  - Sir Alex Ferguson

According to Roberto Martinez Liverpool did make him an offer…he just turned it down.

Kieran Richardson ready to quit Sunderland.

Sebastien Bassong heading to Norwich.

Stoke City leading the race to sign Tom Huddlestone on loan.

Billionaire George Soros buys a stake in Manchester United.

The FA’s new playground…St George’s Park.

Arsenal hit a brick wall with Nuri Sahin transfer.

Andre Villas-Boas lines up Modric replacement.

M’Vila could join Arsenal.

Italy

Hopeful thinking…Antonio Conte expects full acquittal.

Andrea Poli happy to be back at Sampdoria.

AC Milan swap for Pazzini nearing the final stages.

Paul Pogba on why he left Manchester United.

Massimiliano Allegri admits Milan has to improve ahead of new season.

Sampdoria beat Barcelona, capture Gamper Trophy.

Spain

Athletic Bilbao making Bayern wait over Martinez.

Alex Song introduced to fans at Camp Nou… reveals desire for trophies.

Fernando Llorente could end up in the Premiership.

Real Madrid’s Pepe released from hospital.

Bits and bobs

Data released by Adidas from Messi’s ‘miCoach’ chip.

Manchester United v Everton - Game Highlights 

Tim Cahill’s confusing first goal for the New York Red Bulls.

A tribute to ‘Andesron’ - Top football typos 

Classic interview…Neville interviews Neville  (2:14…Hello Phillip, Hello Gary).

Adebayor reacts to all the abuse from Arsenal fans on Twitter…seems like he has a lot of time on his hands nowadays.

Today’s rumor roundup. 

Thanks to Michael Tomasone for the links.