Remember Eric Cantona. And David Beckham. And Cristiano Ronaldo. And Wayne Rooney.
Now look at how Mario Balotelli is being handled.
Manchester United is likely to be the first to move for Ashley Cole, a perfect match for unsettled player and club seeking a comeback.
Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be the ideal man to deal with players who get ahead of themselves or fall behind in what they need to be achieving.
Besides, United have expressed open interest in the wing back ever since news of his unrest at Stamford Bridge floated.
The suggestions are Frank Lampard may end his Chelsea career with a trip abroad – the US or China, the real story is of where Ashley Cole will go.
After his Tweetgate incident and his role in the John Terry racism row, Chelsea, who are clearly intent on building a new dream team for the future – David Luiz, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar – the negative fallout from the English core of the Blues team must seem weary.
Weary enough for The Sun to report that Cole and Lampard will not be handed new long-term contracts by Chelsea.
This comes on the back of earlier reports that Roman Abramovich has deemed that 30-plus players are to be only offered one-year deals.
Despite Patrice Evra’s resurgence against Newcastle last week and the emergence of Rafael and Alex Buttner as credible forces in the wing back department, surely the presence of someone like Cole will give to Manchester United a commanding presence like never before.
Cole is a genuine defender who can attack with the best and offers United the pace and width they will need to attack a trophy on more than one front.
Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho will be the other option,
Either way, from Arsenal to Chelsea to Manchester United, Cole is on the move again.