More than two weeks into the current transfer window and we are still waiting for a single marquee transfer to take place, with Europe's household names preferring to ponder potential deals rather than take an expensive gamble so far.
Securing star quality without breaking the bank at this time of year is an art form, which means if the current quiet winter continues the pressure to overhaul struggling squads will be immense this summer, all in a World Cup year.
With that in mind GMS has decided to feature five sides who are facing up to the stark prospect of a mass exodus in terms of playing staff during the close season, whether that be down to poor performance or stars seeking pastures now.
Click ahead for a countdown which may well send shockwaves across the continent once the lure of this summer's South American showpiece finally draws to a close.
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