Tony Blair, minutes away from handing over the
reigns reins of the horse that is Great Britain to an unelected premier, has been informally invited to be the Club of Madrid's newest member.
It's understood that Barcelona couldn't afford the transfer fee.
A representative from the Club, an old boys network promoting democracy, transition and self-interest, is quoted as saying that "our members are very excited about a man of his qualities joining us".
It's understood that the Club, which counts Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl, Wim Kok and John Major as members, will use its informal networks to support Blair's projects as Middle East envoy for the US, Russia, the UN and the EU.
The invitation is understood to be issued formally within the next few hours. It is unlikely that he'll be allowed to bring a friend.