With Chelsea running out of time to get replacements, the reality is that most could remain at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard has sought permission from Maurizio Sarri to report late for Chelsea duty.
Business mattered more than his personal relationship with Pep Guardiola, whose plan to strengthen Manchester City's midfield went up in smoke when Sarri finally arrived in west London last month. "He's one of the absolute best".
The forward has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Barcelona, but Sarri said he was not concerned that his delayed arrival had anything to do with engineering a move away. "The football played by Napoli has been out of this world". We play high, with a lot of possession of the ball in a technical way. Riyad Mahrez is their first and probably last transfer in and no big names are likely to leave.
Chelsea and Manchester City have between them won five of the last seven Premier League titles.
Saturday will mark the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Mansour's purchase of the club and what a transformation he's made.
For the better part of the last 15 years, Everton have attempted - every which way imaginable - to burst through the glass ceiling that is the Premier League's top-six (previously the top-four before Tottenham Hotspur's rise to stability and Liverpool's return to elite status). We saw it against in preseason against Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
"We asked for a work permit because we believe he can play with us, otherwise we would not ask them".
Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the Community Shield on Sunday with the result nothing more than academic but the game itself still has plenty of intrigue. We started two and a half weeks ago. "I can say that I am very lucky to be here".
"In the Champions League it's more unpredictable".
Sterling's representatives put talks with City director of football Txiki Begiristain on hold before the World Cup, in the hope that good displays in Russian Federation would back up a case to push for an increase to £250,000 a week.