Euro 2020 is starting this Friday and it’s set to be a huge tournament on talkSPORT.
Elsewhere, all the transfer rumours that accelerate the moment the Premier League season ends are gathering pace.
And, this time around, it’s not just players that are on the move.
You might have noticed that the last week has seen one or two changes – Carlo Ancelotti’s mobile had barely stopped ringing before he’d agreed to leave Everton to return to Real Madrid.
Don Carlo is the man Florentino Perez believes can turn his team back into winners – leading Everton to eighth can be quite attractive to the big clubs, you see.
Imagine being James Rodriguez right now – he came to Merseyside to play for the one manager capable of getting anything out of him and now he’s stuck at Goodison on his tod.
You suspect Duncan Ferguson, who turned down following Ancelotti to the Bernabeu because he’d like the gig, won’t be as much of a J-Rod fan as the Italian.
Who will be next at Everton?
Ferguson might well end up with it, if Nuno Espirito Santo turns it down, if Eddie Howe can’t bring his Bournemouth backroom team, if the club forget that Rafa Benitez still owns a house just up the road, if West Ham refuse David Moyes a move back to the club he managed for a decade, and if Paulo Fonseca’s name has been forgotten since last time.
Gareth Bale was giving big thoughts to baling out after the Euros – pocketing about £19m for calling it a day but saving Madrid about double that again (something that both sides would consider a win, I suspect).
But as Ancelotti was the last person to get a tune out of him in Spain, does he now fancy one last crack?
Of course, he doesn’t. And Carlo would rather take Richarlison with him anyway – sorry, James.
Down in London, Mauricio Pochettino asked nicely if PSG wouldn’t mind letting him go home to Tottenham.
When Paris Saint-Germain made it clear they weren’t too excited by that idea, Daniel Levy started eyeing up Antonio Conte before running a mile once it became clear he wasn’t coming unless he was given a lot of money to spend on winning the league.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is back in the frame, which would be a bad move for both, as is Jurgen Klinsmann which is so wild it will probably happen – especially if he then takes Teddy Sheringham, Nicky Barmby and Ilie Dumitrescu as his assistants.
Nuno, linked to Everton, apparently spent three days talking to Crystal Palace about becoming their new gaffer.
Really, Nuno? I hope for your sake that was more a case of them calling you non-stop for three days and you refusing to answer the phone. Don’t get me wrong, I like Palace, but I think you can set your sights a little higher – just ask Wilfried Zaha, who has told the club (again) he’d like a transfer this window.
Thomas Tuchel got his new contract for winning the Champions League and would really, really like Romelu Lukaku to spearhead his attack next season.
The only problem with that is Rom would rather stay at Inter Milan where he is very happy.
This won’t please Roman Abramovich or Inter at all – the club lost Conte because they need to sell £80m of players this summer which is basically one Lukaku.
Eden Hazard has suggested he’d be very open to heading back to Stamford Bridge, the last football pitch on which he smiled.
The last thing Chelsea need is another wide player, however – especially one that looks a little overweight, very expensive and is always injured.
Thiago Silva saw his contract extended as did, unbelievably, Olivier Giroud – putting the kaibosh on him partnering Zlatan at AC Milan.
Sergio Aguero’s old man called Pep Guardiola out quite publicly, expressing some surprise that he was so visibly upset at the forward’s departure given that he hardly ever spoke to his son and told him to leave.
Aguero is certainly winning the PR campaign around this – giving out raffle tickets to the City staff to win his top-of-the-range Range Rover and handing 60 key people a Rolex watch as a thank you as he left for Barcelona.
City’s young central defender Eric Garcia also joins him there on a free but Barca have let the Gini out of the bottle as Wijnaldum is joining PSG at the request of the Poch.
Guardiola has decided that the gap between himself and the Champions League can be closed by Jack Grealish and Aston Villa seem to be preparing for life without their skipper, hilariously pipping Arsenal to Norwich’s Emi Buendia.
Arsenal will be licking their wounds by signing Andre Onana from Ajax to replace Bernd Leno and then fending off offers for Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka – the only two pieces of family silver worth keeping.
Atletico would like Hector Bellerin to replace Kieran Trippier who is possibly off to United having been seen house-hunting in Manchester.
Will Trippier joining United see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go all funky and experiment with Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a central defender rather than going out and buying an actual central defender?
Liverpool have been offered Philippe Coutinho back – Barcelona basically chucking the keys in because they cannot afford to keep up with the repayments.
Steve Bruce would like to sign Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour from Chelsea – that sounds like Mike Ashley is pretending someone might have some money to spend this summer.
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