England’s summer months have become infested with rumour since the current system was introduced in 2002, and this close season is no different. Such is the nature of the transfer window.
In reality, beyond the wealth of daily speculation, the Premier League’s biggest clubs are working overtime to bring in exciting new talent and keep hold of their star names.
As usual, there is gossip that simply refuses to go away. And since the end of last term, some players have never been far away from the back pages.
So with the start of the new campaign a matter of weeks away, we take a look at five big-name deals that look most likely to go through before the window closes.