Kylian Mbappe is on the verge of joining Real Madrid, either now or next summer while Harry Kane must wait for Daniel Levy to decide his fate for him.
Real Madrid have some healing to do, Barcelona are hard up for cash, and Atleti simply need to prep for the season.
There is always a search for a new way, new ideas to reconcile Platonic playing ideals with the pragmatism of an everyday budget. The compromise leads to a larger discussion of what football actually means.
Going through a penalty miss trauma in front of the world is part of a soccer hero's journey. We always knew Kylian Mbappe was world class, but now he has a familiar narrative that invites us along with him.
Tournaments like the Euros function as an exploration of what the gifted but not quite great are capable of, when they're asked to do everything.