Sometimes in life, we all go through spells craving something that we simply cannot live without. Be that money, beer or a certain someone, there is always something that makes us tick a little bit better than without it. But in the case of these gentleman, that comes in the form of a, err, profesional footballer.
Indeed, whether Brendan Rodgers craved Joe Allen for his midfield dynamism or simply someone to knock back a few glasses of Rioja with on the River Mersey, he decided he simply had to pay £15million to get him to move from Swansea with him. But he is by no means the first, or likely the last manager, to crave one of his old boys.
Here are ten, player-manager relationships that were so good, they simply couldn’t wait to seek each other out in an orgy of transfer fee based excitement. Some have tasted success together, others have tasted long-standing mediocrity together and some find life so hard without the other, they sign them four times and counting in their career.
Are you not feeling the love with any of these top ten picks? Or are you a supporter of a club who paid over-the-odds for one of their chums to come to your club? Tell me what you think on Twitter: follow @samuel_antrobus and get involved with the talk.