With the season all but wrapped up, attention is turning to the transfer window, where Europe’s top teams try to out-muscle and out-bid each other to sign the hottest properties in football.
As clubs and agents try to ramp up the price for their prized assets, an inevitable deluge of rumours rain down. Some are true, some are far-fetched and some seem thoroughly impossible.
What is certain, however, is that big changes are afoot. Perhaps this season more than ever.
With clubs set to receive an extra £70 million apiece due to the biggest TV broadcasting rights deal in history, there will be money to spend.
And with Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from Manchester United, David Moyes swapping Goodison for Old Trafford, Roberto Mancini sacked at Manchester City and Jose Mourinho widely tipped for a return to Chelsea, a wind of change is blowing across the Premier League.
Maybe the power balance is about to shift in England’s top flight.
Here we look at five transfers who could have a huge impact on the Premier League’s most talked-about teams.
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