Despite rumours that Chelsea are about to offer Portuguese club Porto £12 million to secure the transfer of 33-year-old coach Andre Villas-Boas, transfer rumours involving players coming to the Premier League or leaving one of its teams are few and far between.
Preseason training commences in the first week of July for most clubs, but chairmen and managers are either wary of being caught up in recent short-termist player hype—which has inflated fees and wages—or are struggling to offload fringe players consuming precious resources.
Today, there is speculation linking Aston Villa to inspirational players from two clubs relegated last season.
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas may not be the only member of the Porto staff to quit the club for England, and Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park (pictured) voices concerns over his future at Old Trafford. Finally, Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar appears to be on the verge of a move to an unlikely destination.