The Premier League's return coincides with the final two—and most pivotal—weeks of the transfer window.
With fixtures now in full flow, clubs cannot afford the disruption of losing a key player so late, and being forced to hunt for replacements instead of preparing for matches.
In Everton's case, that's the situation surrounding both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. The prospect of losing either player now would seriously derail Roberto Martinez's inaugural season and would hugely unsettle his dressing room.
Keeping hold of both players will be the priority, while there's still a chance the Toffees could bring in a loan addition or possibly look to move a few fringe players on.
Once again, here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Everton. Be sure to check back later in the week for any further developments.
For those keeping track of all Toffees-related links over the summer, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.
—LAST UPDATE: Friday, August 23—