Let’s make an outrageous assumption (it’s basically fact at this point) that Chelsea and Tottenham will finish in the top two places in the Premier League and that Everton, who have played up to three more games than their nearest contenders, are out of this battle for the top four. Without Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, this ridiculously easy run-in is looking arduous.
James Rodriguez is happy at Real Madrid and wants to remain in the Spanish capital, according to the midfielder's wife Daniela Ospina. Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as possible destinations for James, who has found regular minutes hard to come by under Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane. James - who came off the bench and netted the equaliser in Sunday's Clasico only for Barcelona's Lionel Messi score an injury-time winner - has made 17 LaLiga appearances this season but only nine have been as a starter, adding to the 25-year-old's frustrations at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Everton need to draft in a host of new recruits and make a real statement of intent in the summer, according to former Toffees defender Michael Ball. Ronald Koeman's men have all but qualified for the Europa League but have done so with a relatively small squad compared to their rivals, and Ball sees the need to sign 'six or seven' new players. Koeman has recognised the need to strengthen his squad in order to challenge domestically and overseas, but Ball, who played under the Dutchman at PSV Eindhoven, does not want to see just squad-fillers arrive at Goodison Park.