Sunday traditionally serves up an industrial dose of transfer gossip for us expectant punters to sift through and today is no different.
The most eye-catching lines involve an audacious move from Chelsea to lure two unsettled stars of arch rivals Manchester City to Stamford Bridge.
Yaya Toure, a subject of daily speculation linking him with Inter Milan, is one, while beanpole Bosnian Edin Dzeko is the other.
The Mirror report the latter as the Express peddles the other, with both likely to be regarded little more than segments of spurious, space-filling nonsense by those accustomed to reading such things.
However, if there is a hint of truth behind the Blues’ interest in these two Citizens stars, sanctioning such a switch could well prove the masterstroke Manuel Pellegrini requires to overhaul the west London club next season.
Incumbents Chelsea are 7/4 favourites to reign supreme again in 2015/16, with Man City priced at 11/4 to dethrone them and furnishing Jose Mourinho’s men with Toure and Dzeko may well prove the key in achieving the aim.
Allowing direct competitors to improve their armory with assets lifted from yours is genuinely considered a no-go in any walk of life, but these are exceptional circumstances.
The constant bleating of Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk regarding the Ivorian’s future at City suggests he will almost certainly be sold, while Dzeko was pushed even further to the fringe of the club’s first team when Wilfried Bony was bought from Swansea in January.
It’s a situation which the former Wolfsburg ace has bemoaned in the past so a summer sale remains a distinct possibility.
In selling the pair to Chelsea they could command the audacious calibre of fees the Blues do when allowing players to join domestic rivals, which will improve their Financial Fair Play standing.
Similarly, both players would struggle to hold down a regular spot in Mourinho’s first-team long enough to make City regret the sale.
Toure wouldn’t oust Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas from either centre midfield roles, while displacing Oscar ahead of them would be a tough task too.
Dzeko, likewise, would be the ancillary act to Diego Costa up front.
The pair are ageing too, with Toure 32 and his Bosnian compadre 29, so the chance to make money back on either is dwindling.
Selling to Chelsea, however, will solve this problem, while it will also go a long way to improving team spirit within the ranks as it simultaneously has a detrimental effect on the Blues.