After weeks of speculation surrounding who will take over at Real Madrid, we now know that Carlo Ancelotti will be in charge at the Bernabéu next season. Ancelotti had been the favourite to replace José Mourinho and his appointment was made official yesterday.
In turn Laurent Blanc will take over Ancelotti’s job at Paris Saint-Germain, with the French champions unable to lure Andre Villas-Boas from Tottenham.
So now all the major European teams have a manager in place for the coming season, it will make it easier to work out which players will be on the move and the domino effect it will cause across Europe.
Suárez in, Higuain out at Madrid
The Star report that Ancelotti wants Luis Suárez to be his first major signing, a move that seems quite probable with the Uruguayan unsettled in England and having already alienated much of the Liverpool faithful after numerous incidents over the past couple of years.
With that move in mind, Ancelotti will sanction Gonzalo Higuain’s move away from Madrid, with Arsenal his most likely destination according to the Independent, after Juventus signed Carlos Tevez from Man City in a £12m deal instead of pursuing Higuain.
Rooney’s future still uncertain
Back in the Premier League, the tabloids are speculating where Wayne Rooney’s future lies, with the Mirror saying David Moyes will do all he can to keep him, and the Sun saying Rooney fancies a move to Barcelona.
There is still a possibility of Man Utd signing any one of Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani or Cristiano Ronaldo and Rooney’s future will be determined by whether or not Moyes can land one of these superstars.
Just over six weeks until the new season
These are just some of the game’s top players yet to decide where to play their football next season. The transfer speculation will continue but as we near the end of June, there is little more than six weeks before the start of the new campaign. Teams need to act fast and pay big money to secure the best players available.
Managers of all the top sides will want their squads strengthening, particularly those at a new club.
Ancelotti, Blanc, Moyes, Mourinho, Pellegrini and Guardiola will all be looking to bring their own players in, and each transfer will have a knock on effect on the rest of the transfer market as cash is moved back and forth across Europe.
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