Aston Villa have to sell before they can buy - but their hopes of flogging Jordan Amavi to Serie A giants Napoli have taken a hit.
Former Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, West Ham, AC Milan, Manchester United, Liverpool and Napoli captains feature in a star-studded XI.
Napoli want to sign Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal to replace Pepe Reina, who has been heavily linked with Newcastle United of late.
Brendan Rodgers wanted Raul Albiol at Liverpool - but Celtic would face competition from Swansea City if they were to make an approach.
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Pepe Reina from Napoli in the summer transfer window.
Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Napoli.
Duvan Zapata has hardly set the world alight in Serie A - so it seems unlikely that West Brom will pay up to £16m to sign him this summer.
Nicolao Dumitru netted one goal in a dismal loan spell at Nottingam Forest - though that's more than he scored in seven years contracted to Napoli.
The French defender has fallen out of favour under Steve Bruce but the Dutchman would be a great addition.
From Championship to the Champions League, Jordan Amavi would be playing at the top of European football if he swaps Aston Villa for Napoli.
Maurizio Sarri was looking unusually smart last Monday, shedding his Napoli tracksuit in favour of a white shirt and blue jacket to collect the 2015-16 Panchina d’Oro (Golden Bench). He had pipped Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri into second for the award, given each year to the best manager in Serie A – as chosen by a panel of their peers.
We’ll get to Dries Mertens and his two goals. We’ll get to the bit where he dropped on to all fours and cocked his leg towards the corner flag like a dog preparing to empty its bladder, as well. We’ll get to talking about 21-year-old Marko Rog, too, and his star turn in midfield. We’ll get to discussing how Maurizio Sarri nailed his team selection, while Luciano Spalletti’s gamble backfired.
It read a little like one of those Oscar acceptance speeches.