Mario Gotze’s move back to Borussia Dortmund after three years away at Bayern Munich is not unusual this summer, with Alvaro Morata re-signed by old club Real Madrid from Juventus, but possibly back on his travels soon, and Paul Pogba seemingly set for Manchester United again.
Clubs aren’t being shy with their money if the right former player comes along, as United seem willing to prove with their reported £100m-plus offer to Juve for Pogba, who left Old Trafford for nothing in 2012.
Here’s a few more who might make their returns this summer.
Gareth Barry back to Brighton
With talk of Portugal’s William Carvalho heading to Merseyside, 35-year-old Barry appears to be in the firing line, as younger teammates James McCarthy and Muhamed Besic are likely to be given the opportunity to show new boss Ronald Koeman their past two terms at Everton were an aberration.
Barry is from nearby Hastings and played for Brighton as a kid, moving to Aston Villa in 1997 in order to escape the ‘comfort zone’ of home life.
After setting a new all-time record for Premier League starts, picking up a title, an FA Cup winners’ medal and 53 England caps along the way, he could return head held high.
Robbie Brady back to Hull
Norwich are trying to price the Republic of Ireland international out of a switch back to the Premier League, after his excellent Euro 2016 showing, with a £20m price tag scaring off champions Leicester for now.
If his value drops to something more reasonable, say double the £7m Norwich paid Hull 12 months ago, the Tigers could be in business.
Brady played 124 times for Hull in his four-season spell at the club, with 81 of those appearances coming under current gaffer Steve Bruce.
Adam Lallana back to Southampton
Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum’s impending arrival at Liverpool may mean this former Saints star gets squeezed between the Netherlands international, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, with Lallana’s England aspirations making game-time of the essence.
The 28-year-old turned out in three divisions for the south coast springers during an eight-year stay, and Southampton have improved over the two campaigns since Lallana’s departure, finishing sixth, above Liverpool last term, and are 7/2 with bwin to repeat or better that next season.