Think of this summer’s transfer window as an avidly entertaining, ludicrously expense game of dominoes.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now a Juventus player. Sounds weird, doesn’t it?
The move that nobody saw coming actually went through this week as the Portuguese great left Real Madrid after nine years for Italian shores.
Ronaldo’s switch is likely to send shock waves across Europe, mainly because Real Madrid are now on the hunt for a replacement capable of filling the sizeable void.
Who will be their newest Galactico? Will they finally spend big for the first time since James Rodriguez was snapped up in 2014?
This summer we predict four clubs – and four players – are going to be involved, whether they like it or not, in the biggest circle jerk in transfer window history.
One window, four players, four moves and a shed load of cash spent.
Shall we begin?
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus
So it’s happened.
After nine truly jawdropping years in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo has embraced a new challenge in Italy.
Can he win the Champions League with a third club and reinforce his status as the greatest goalscorer of all time?
But Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin isn’t good news for everyone, with one player in particular perhaps experiencing a bad case of career déjà vu.
Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus to Chelsea
Higuain will forever be the bridesmaid and Juventus’ move for Ronaldo may see him sidelined from the main focus again.
The Argentine hitman left Real Madrid for Italy in 2013 when Ronaldo began to move into a more central striker’s role.
And Higuain’s former Real team-mate’s arrival could trigger another departure, with Chelsea the most likely destination.
Alvaro Morata will probably leave, with Higuain becoming the Blues’ new focal point and linking up with Maurizio Sarri again.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea to PSG
Real have coveted Hazard for years but, as long as financial fair play doesn’t scupper their plans, PSG are also likely to go hard for him this summer.
The lack of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge simply isn’t up to scratch for a player of Hazard’s calibre.
PSG are still yet to make a serious challenge for Europe’s top prize but Hazard could take them to the next level.
The Belgian would also be a fairly capable replacement for a certain temperamental Brazilian who looks fed up after one year in Paris.
Neymar – PSG to Real Madrid
Neymar is the final piece of the puzzle – and the one probably most likely to happen after Ronaldo’s departure from Real.
The brash Brazilian has shown that loyalty isn’t exactly his strong point so wouldn’t have an issue lining up for former club Barcelona’s arch rivals.
We can’t see him sitting out another year in France, particularly if the Ballon d’Or continues to evade him.
So a move back to Spain makes sense for all parties and duly completes our circle of transfer trust.