Your friendly neighbourhood bookies bwin have been busy beavering away in the trading department and currently offer odds on where 21 different players will be making their money come the start of September.
A full list of the men priced up for departure can be found at bwin.com, but we’ve picked out a trio of prescient punts that look sound for a profit this summer.
Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid @ 7/4
The man formerly known as ‘El Nino’ made over 200 league appearances for the newly-crowned La Liga champions between 2001-07, having been brought up a mere 23 miles south of their Vicente Calderon stadium.
Chelsea are 17/20 favourites to retain the 30-year-old’s services for the 2014/15 campaign, but Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made some pretty disparaging comments about his strikers this term and Atleti goal-beast Diego Costa is thought to be all but signed by the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Los Colchoneros Diego Simeone boss was a hero at the club when Torres was coming through Atleti’s youth ranks and with the World Cup-bound Spaniard refusing to rule out a move back to his beloved home, odds-against on this switch looks cracking value.
Pedro to leave Barcelona for Liverpool @ 2/1
Luis Enrique’s appointment as new Blaugrana boss has left the Catalan giants in a state of flux, with the 44-year-old expected to sell before he can buy at Barcelona.
Pedro has voiced his dismay at a lack of top-level game-time at the club, with Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar often picked ahead of the 26-year-old during Tata Martino’s sole term in charge.
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for the winger, who is two-footed and can play on either wing or through the middle.
Such high-quality versatility wouldn’t come cheap, but if Brendan Rodgers wants to lead his side to that elusive first Premier League title at 6/1 odds next term, then Pedro is the calibre of signing the Northern Irishman needs to make.
Ashley Cole to sign for any MLS club @ 3/1
Although Chelsea could still offer Cole a new contract, as they did with his ex-England teammate Frank Lampard, recent quotes from the left-back suggest his future lies away from west London.
Liverpool are thought to be interested in picking up the vastly-experienced 33-year-old, but rumours have been swirling for some time – and repeated by his former boss Mourinho – that Cole’s heart is set on a move stateside, which is rated his second-most likely destination behind 2/1 favourites AC Milan.