During lengthy periods between transfer windows focus finally returns to matters on the field, but behind the scenes top clubs across the continent are carefully considering their next moves with a view to extensive summer recruitment.
Finding value in the market is notoriously difficult, but throw in a close season featuring the special summer showcase of a World Cup finals and this year that feat may be near impossible.
The World Cup presents an opportunity for star players to prove their worth in a unique, pressurised environment.
With that in mind it will be an astute move for any of the Premier League's leading lights to acquire their top transfer targets early on, before any rivals come calling inspired by a superb display in Brazil.
Here GMS profiles 10 star players who may be unobtainable by the time this summer's South American showpiece draws to a close.
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