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Report: Real Madrid set to sign Carlo Ancelotti from Everton

That clears one obstacle from Pochettino’s spectacular return to Spurs.

Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

We don’t have much in the way of Tottenham Hotspur manager news, but we do have a piece of news that is manager-adjacent. According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid looks set to pry Carlo Ancelotti away from Everton to become their next manager. It looks like everything is set there except to figure out compensation to Everton for losing their gaffer.

Why is this significant on a Tottenham blog? Because Real Madrid was making noises as though Mauricio Pochettino was their first choice to replace Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, which would obviously prevent him from coming to Spurs. This clears that hurdle, though there are several that remain before Poch could end up at Tottenham.

Real Madrid’s choice of Ancelotti is an interesting one, especially considering that Carlo is coming off of a particularly underwhelming 10th place finish with the Toffees in last season’s Premier League campaign, especially since Everton spent big money in order to make a push under a manager with European credentials. However, it may be a stronger indication of the state of Madrid’s finances — Pochettino is looking like he’s going to be expensive to lure away from PSG, and Ancelotti likely is a lot cheaper.

Edit: And there’s another possibility. With Ancelotti to Madrid, that basically leaves Tottenham as the best option for Antonio Conte, which is wild. Or unless Conte decides to take a year off and take a sabbatical year or something. Sounds like Spurs will have a decision to make.

Very interesting. Hopefully that greases some wheels here and there so we actually get some movement on Spurs’ search for their own new manager. I’m starting to get antsy and just want Dad to come home.

Edit 2: Done deal. Wow, that was fast!