They are among the world's leading footballers and, unsurprisingly, the most coveted by rival teams.
With no competitive matches in Europe, it's the intrigue about the futures of Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas that is largely filling the void during the offseason.
European clubs could be on the verge of completing hundreds of millions of dollars in transfer business before the Sept. 2 cutoff, defying the economic climate on the continent and UEFA's relatively new Financial Fair Play rules.
Or, quite possibly, very little money could change hands. Instead, the leading players will stay put and the European footballing landscape will remain largely unchanged.
It's a situation that would become far clearer with public clarity from the players, who have gone very quiet recently.
One of the biggest transfers to be mooted in the offseason has been for Bale, with Real Madrid the most active in the chase for the Tottenham forward.
Leaving north London would s...