It has already been another gloriously-heady summer for that mysterious and intriguing breed, the 'super-agent'. Another fruitful, lavish and staggering profitable off-season.
With owners of top European clubs increasingly possessing passion and enthusiasm in the absence of any perceptible wisdom and insight, super-agents have been utterly rampant.
"We live in a cynical world. A cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors." A famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire. Except that many football club owners are not cynical - no, far from it. They are accepting, trusting, facilitating.
Super-agents have run amok. They continue to run amok. Many have been handed the reins at top clubs across Europe - and even smaller lower-league clubs to a different extent - and have been liberated to operate freely: forcing through deal after deal after deal after deal.
Doncaster Rovers famously turned the Keepmoat Stadium into a bizarre bring-and-buy sale back in 2011, allowing agent Willie McKay to pull the strings at the club with bulging in-and-out columns on the transfer table. It was hard to keep track of the comings and goings, and hard to associate with as a supporter.
The club conducted a messy, and rather ugly, football experiment with Pascal Chimbonda, Herita Ilunga, Chris Kirkland and El-Hadji Diouf all flitting around on suitably-vague loan agreements. McKay was, of course, involved in Ronaldinho's move from PSG to Barcelona, most notably.
Moving along to a more illustrious setting than Doncaster, and a seemingly longer-term and more serious 'project' - or should that be frivolous - after Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought two-thirds of AS Monaco in December 2011. At the time he painted a gold-framed picture of a four-year investment plan consisting of a mere 100 million euros. Actually, double that. No, treble it. Oh, blow it all.
Behind much of the frenzied transfer activity, muttering to his hands-free and wielding a phone directory of 'wantaway' clients, was super-agent extraordinaire, Jorge 'call it 40 per cent' Mendes. He has even been dubbed the "unofficial sports director" of the club by much of the French press.
It is widely believed that Mendes is simply able to 'advise' Rybolovlev who he - and one hopes Claudio Ranieri to even a tiny extent - might wish to invite to move to the principality with a promise of a yacht and a harbour-view apartment.
The Portuguese is one of the most influential men in world football, make no mistake about it. He has been branded a 'transfer machine', a 'cog in the summer dealings' in the market. That's a good place to be, any accountant can confirm.
His clients are understood to include Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlos Queiroz, Anderson, Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Nani, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, Victor Valdes, Falcao, Carvalho, Rodriguez, Moutinho (yes, a tidy cluster of Monaco's recent signings).
Oh, and the iconic Bebe, of course, whose transfer to Manchester United reportedly netted his agent 3.6 million euros.
Indeed, Chelsea should be braced for wave two of the Mendes-effect now that Mourinho has rejoined the club with his super-agent in tow.
During his first stint at Stamford Bridge and Scolari's brief spell, the Blues signed Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Deco, Hilario, Ricardo Quaresma, Jose Bosingwa and Tiago - all, yes, you guessed it... men scrupulously picked from the extensive Mendes portfolio.
The trend appears set to only increase as unimaginably wealthy owners buy up top clubs without a clue about players, managers or recruitment policies.
Super-agents will continue to feast handsomely each summer, when players simply pick up the phone on beaches in the Med to be told what is on their plate for the coming season.
Super-agents are in football both for a good time and for a long time.
Who are some of the other super-agents in world football?
Mino Raiola - Whenever Raiola, the son of Italian restaurant-owners, secures a big transfer, the papers roll out the line: "The pizza man always delivers." His most high-profile client is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Pavel Nedved used to be among his ranks. Italian football blogger on these pages, James Horncastle, wrote a fascinating and in-depth blog on Raiola recently in which he said: "Raiola makes things happen. He suggests. He shapes. He sends out signals." His influence is enormous.
Pini Zahavi - The former Israeli journo was a trailblazer in terms of the super-agent reputation and folklore. Understood to be very close to Roman Abramovich (a good place to be, it's fair to say), Zahavi is also believed to be the first port of call for Manchester City for many of the club's moves. He possesses a phone book of players that few men in football can rival - except, of course, the 'stupendously connected' Joe Kinnear, who has anyone that matters on his speed dial.
Vincenzo Morabito - AC Milan and Roma both count Morabito as a crucial contact, it has been reported, with a vast number of transfers in Italy going through the super-agent. His FIMO firm are usually mentioned whenever Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with yet another second-season dip and subsequent move, and he counts an array of top stars among his clients.
Ernesto Bronzetti - Juventus and AC Milan reportedly turn to Bronzetti for many of their transfer dealings. Remember that wonderfully ill-advised PR disaster for Manchester City when Garry Cook was attempting to achieve his 'Kaka coup'? Well, yes, Bronzetti was at the heart of that botched deal. He has, however, been involved in many, many successful deals, as his bank account would no doubt attest.
Gines Carvajal - Raul, Iker Casillas and Guti have always been the players whose futures have been discussed with reference to the respected Carvajal. He is, according to reports, the most powerful agent in Spain with a close friendship with Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president. Carvajal's portfolio of stars in Spain is incredibly impressive.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Sometimes when you are a great footballer you do look and wonder whether the grass is greener somewhere other than where you are. But once this club and its fans embrace you it is very difficult to surpass it, or even get the same. Wayne has everything he could possibly want at this football club and as a supporter, I want to see the best players playing here." - Bryan Robson, talks on behalf of all 'great footballers' as he gives advice to Wayne Rooney.
TRANSFER STAT OF THE DAY: At least 95 per cent of fees involved in moves to and from the Premier League are undisclosed. (via @Rupert_Fryer)
COMING UP: Talking of super-agents, football's foremost rumourmongering robot will be back for its daily burst from 12:30 to inform you of all the latest regarding who Monaco have signed over the last 24 hours. Oh, and the effervescent Paul Parker will file.