IT’S the summertime and the gossip is hot but here to keep cool and run the rule are Rob Gutmann, Neil Atkinson and Dan Vincent.

In the latest instalment of this close-season essential show, the transfer-hungry trio get stuck into Gonzalo Higuain’s come-and-get-me plea and try to work out if a move for Piotr Zielinski has hit the rocks or not.

And what of Mario Gotze? It appears the impish Bayern Munich star is suddenly getting shy. Is he really ready to see out the season Jose Enrique fashion at the Allianz Arena or is he just playing games?

Meanwhile, what of Jürgen Klopp’s plans to get his business done early at Anfield? Will he stick to that strategy and is the supposed switch of attention to Southampton’s Sadio Mane a sign of that?

There are outs to consider, too: Luis Alberto, Mario Balotelli, Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen and Lazar Markovic have all been the subject of reports in the last few days. Should they stay? Will they go?

Away from players, there is also Monchi to munch over. The Sevilla sporting director has built a reputation as a transfer wizard – and Liverpool are rumoured to be interested should he quit the Spaniards as many are suggesting he will.

– The Gutter will be running all the way through the summer, keeping you right up to date with all the latest gossip and rumours. Subscribe – it’s only a fiver a month. Minimum sign up is only one month, so if The Gutter and the string of other shows we produce are not for you all you have lost is £5.