From the José Mourinho circus to the future of Wayne Rooney, some stories are set to run and run
At Chelsea there are generally two camps: those who can't wait to see José Mourinho back (see: banners since about November) and those who could live without the circus. If and when he returns to London, it will be interesting to see how it pans out. Will Mourinho go straight for the role of pantomime villain, or does the absence of a ready-made, cartoonish arch-enemy mean he can take things down a notch?
"If we want to make it better next season we have to hold on to our best assets," said the Tottenham manager, André Villas-Boas – referring, in case you weren't sure, to Gareth Bale, without whose goals Spurs would have been 24 points worse off this season. "And this is what I have been told from the top." The owner, Daniel Levy, has held on to prized assets before (Luka Modric had to wait before being allowed to join Madrid), and Bale has agreed a new deal in principle to stay at White Hart Lane, but don't expect that to stop the speculation.
Brian Kidd's cheeks are still damp and salty, but already this business at Manchester City is feeling old. Confirm the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini and let the games commence! Roberto Mancini's removal was apparently motivated by player retention, but agents everywhere are rubbing their hands: Shakhtar's Fernandinho was first to tweet "come and get me" and there's talk of Pellegrini already having convinced Isco to join him at the Etihad.
"We need to strengthen," said Arsène Wenger after Arsenal secured fourth place, but he had a question: "Is it spending a lot on one player, or buying many players?" The trouble, if you can call it that, is that Wenger has such faith in the players he has. "We want additions, but we want to keep the structure and spirit and quality of the team." Arsenal are the only top-four club yet to break the £20m transfer-fee barrier. Will that change this summer?
Welcome to Manchester United, Mr Moyes; now sort this mess out, will you? Can David Moyes persuade Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford? Should he? Is there much in the latest rumours that Chelsea are prepared to pay whatever it takes to tempt the forward to Stamford Bridge? Will Paris Saint-Germain get in on the action? Rest assured that yes and no answers will be reported as fact in the days and weeks to come.
It's not often that you find Everton at the forefront of summer reporting, what with their stable set-up and unexceptional spending. Now that's out of the window: Roberto Martínez, the frontrunner for the manager's job, will take at least a week (that's a decade in back-page time) to reveal his plans, Moyes has yet to decide whether he wants to take his backroom staff with him and Marouane Fellaini has raised the prospect of going to Old Trafford himself.
"Enjoyed every minute of being at West Ham!!" So read the final part of Andy Carroll's post-match tweet on Sunday, prompting a fresh round of speculation as to where the recalled England forward will be enjoying his early-morning kebabs next. The link to Monaco looks fanciful at best, but is he really house-hunting back in the Liverpool area? Or will West Ham come up with the cash to do a permanent deal and consign that £35m price tag to history?
After a poor season in the north-east, the Newcastle manager must assert his right to lead the players; in Sunderland the opposite is the case. "These people can't train with me," sniffed Paolo Di Canio, having fined and dropped players for ill-discipline and being "blurry", particularly after Wigan Athletic handed them survival. Now he has the summer to boot out the bad boys and recruit good professionals who can abide by his rules.
Paul Lambert gambled this season. Perhaps he figured he and Aston Villa didn't have much to lose, but it's not so long since Villa's youthful potential was being talked up (remember when Marc Albrighton was the new Beckham?); now he has a young side that has – just – survived a tough campaign. Naturally Christian Benteke's future will be the big talking point, but Lambert has a handful of key contracts, including Andreas Weimann's, to renegotiate this summer if his fledgling Villa are to push on.
Luis Suárez says Liverpool "is my present and my future", but that won't stop talk of a move away from the Premier League in the coming months. Many fans can't bear to imagine Liverpool without Suárez, but there are others who no longer feel he's worth the baggage, and that will encourage both suitors and sub-editors. Only days after he apparently committed his future, reports suggested that Atlético Madrid were preparing a €40m bid. It's going to be a long summer.