While you were busy basking in the weekend sun like a bronzed iguana, the penmen responsible for the lengthy transfer narratives of the summer scribbled down a few more chapters.
Here is how three of the protagonists have been affected by the latest plot twists.
Sami Khedira – 4/1 to be a Chelsea player on 02/09/14
Whispers surrounding the World Cup winner’s Real Madrid future have evolved into full-blown murmurings and their continued growth in volume suggests that the former Stuttgart man could soon be on the move.
Los Blancos have gone so far as to sound out a midfield fire extinguisher-wielder to replace him in Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo, one of the few Brazilian defensive players to emerge from the World Cup with credibility intact.
With Bayern Munchen refusing to crank up their interest from ‘meh’, it looks as though he could be gracing the Premier League soon, with Chelsea and Arsenal the likeliest lads to secure his services.
Monaco manager Leandro Jardim is quoted as saying the principality club’s marquee striker is ‘transferrable’, but he wants to keep him nevertheless.
Real Madrid are yet to respond to Barcelona’s acquiring of Luis Suarez in kind and a move for the Colombian marksman looks increasingly likely, especially after he proved his fitness in the Emirates Cup.
Fernando Torres – 6/1 to be a Monaco player on 02/09/14
Jose Mourinho may have refuted the possibility that Chelsea will allow their record signing and barn door avoidance aficionado Torres to leave this summer, but that hasn’t put Wolfsburg off making an enquiry.
The Bundesliga club want to add El Nino to their impressive portfolio of World Cup players and, after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, they will run plan B past the Blues according to the bastion of German sports chatter Bild.
Monaco are also thought to be monitoring the situation should they lose Falcao.