As winter subsides and we all wistfully prepare ourselves for the apparent warm weather that may or may not appear any day, football managers across the land begin to look at who they may wish to harvest in the summer months.
With the two Manchester clubs and their thoroughbreds now pulling many furlongs clear on the Premier League home straight, the other colts still have much to play for.
So as the season winds down and teams do battle on either European or domestic frontiers, now is the time when attention turns towards the offseason break and the winds of change don't just blow through but rather hammer down the stadium doors.
With the January transfer window a distant memory, the rumour mill is already working overtime linking in-form, in-luck or just plain old unsettled players to their next move.
It's common knowledge that the highly-coveted Gareth Bale may be the subject of flirtatious bids emanating from Spain. Having recently hit tantalising form, both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with Tottenham's prize asset.
The tabloids have also been linking Swansea's Spanish conquistador, Michu, with a move. We all know how little he cost the Swans—contrary to popular belief, his full name is not Two Million Pound Michu—and now he may also be in the crosshairs of some of the continent's leading teams.
It is also old hat that Everton may well be in a jam as clubs circle with bids for their mod-rocker left-back Leighton Baines, long touted as a long-term successor to either Patrice Evra at Manchester United or Ashley Cole at Chelsea..
But, in addition to this triumvirate, who else is rumoured to soon be on the move?