Ladies and gentlemen, the glorious occasion we all wait for every year is a mere three weeks away. The yellow tie is ready, the exhausted reporters are ready and the teenagers adorned with half-inflated blow-up dolls are ready too.
That’s right, transfer deadline day is near, which can only mean a flurry of unnecessarily late activity as clubs battle to sign players in eight minutes, despite having eight weeks to accomplish the same result.
While Anthony Martial was the only blockbuster deal on last season’s deadline day, 2016’s version could be set for record breaking excitement, especially as the Premier League is at its most competitive since its inception 25 years ago.
Here are five players that you may be watching through blacked-out car windows and ducking into helicopters, as the deadline day spectacle once again unfolds.
So clear is the evidence that Arsenal need another striker in their squad, even Arsene Wenger cannot bury his head in the sand and insist otherwise.
However, expect the Gunners to start their campaign without a forward addition as the wily French manager holds out until almost every fan at the Emirates has complained of a lack of fire power or of the sluggish pace of Olivier Giroud.
Despite some impressive additions to the Liverpool squad so far this summer, there is still a glaring lack of talent at left-back, especially with Alberto Moreno’s incomparably inconsistent form in recent times.
Jonas Hetcor seems like the ideal player to fill this void but Liverpool may need to move out some of their unwanted baggage first before funding a deal for one of the best left backs in Europe right now.
With Everton reportedly keen on recruiting Wilfried Bony from Manchester City and Chelsea’s third choice striker Bertrand Traore heading to Ajax, a return to Stamford Bridge now seems like a legitimate possibility for Romelu Lukaku.
However, Everton will want to cash-in substantially on their star player and it may take numerous weeks of deliberation between the clubs before a last minute deal can be reached.
With David Moyes already raiding his former club this transfer window after signing Donald Love and Paddy McNair from Manchester United, the new Sunderland boss will likely make an approach for a man who he worked with at Old Trafford and Everton – Marouane Fellaini
The tricky part of any deal which would see the Belgian move to the Stadium of Light would be his desire to leave United. However, it is likely that Mourinho will use Fellaini sparingly during the upcoming season, so first team football may lure the 28 year old to Wearside.
Reports have surfaced this week suggesting that Juan Mata is keen to leave Manchester United after being told that he will not feature regularly in Mourinho’s new look side at Old Trafford.
With Everton looking to strengthen under Ronald Koeman and with significant money to spend, the 28-year old could well be wearing blue again come September.