The transfer window officially opened for business on July 1, but the rumour mill—helped along by an approaching World Cup—started grinding its gears long before that.
Speculation is what keeps us going during the barren months of the off-season but it's worth remembering that not all gossip turns out to be true. In this slideshow, we look at 15 players who were linked early with a summer switch, yet look increasingly unlikely to be changing clubs anytime soon.
To be considered for inclusion, each player must have been rumoured to be on their way out of their respective clubs. They may yet move to another side but, at the time of writing, these transfers seem doubtful.
Ranked with the "least likely" move coming in at No. 1, read on for more!