For some time now, Real Madrid's Brazil contingent have been joking with Carlo Ancelotti about him becoming their new boss at international level.
"They laugh about it," the Italian told reporters only last month. "But we haven't really talked about it. We're friends, they're jokes, they laugh. But the reality is different: I have a contract until 2024."
The reality now, though, is that the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) is deadly serious about appointing Ancelotti as the successor to Tite, who stepped down after the Selecao's shock quarter-final loss to Croatia at the 2022 World Cup.
And it's hard to think of a move that makes more sense in the world of football right now.