The January transfer window has been unusually quiet this year, with teams seemingly reluctant to put their hands in their pockets in an era of relative financial caution.
Very few big deals have actually gone through, but the rumour mill keeps churning, reporting on interest from the biggest clubs in the land about which players could be on the move and which managers are desperate to give their side that little edge.
And a little edge might be all they need at the very top of the table.
Just two points separate Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League and since all of those teams still have to play each other in the final few months of the season Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho are assessing their squads and pondering if they have enough to take them down the stretch.
So which transfers could be decisive in shaping this title race? Which ones could determine the destination of the Premier League trophy?
Bleacher Report picks five deals that could define this season's Premier League.