The World Cup may already seem like a distant memory, but the shadow it casts over the domestic game has made picking a Fantasy League team for the new season harder than usual.
Former Arsenal captain linked to Tottenham switch, Newcastle Ben Arfa deal nears breakdown, goalkeepers demand transfers, Bellamy threatens to quit, West Ham keep signing players and Blackpool add four.
The final of four instalments looking back at the 19 seasons Fantasy League has been running. This four-season section features the most points in a season by a midfielder and brings us right up to date.
The O'Neill aftermath, Sporting Gijon defenders in demand, United miss out on Ozil, Arsenal continue defender hunt, Stoke agree striker deal, Caldwell brothers join forces at Wigan and Given in transfer threat.
Blackburn in sensational Spanish striker swoop, Remy in Tottenham plea, City swap Ireland for Milner, Arsenal continue keeper hunt and Blackpool set to strengthen
Adebayor wants to move to Italy, Arsenal turn to Mexes, Blackpool continue striker search, Cole out Coentrao in at Chelsea, United loan update and Liverpool plan City raid.
Fantasy League wanted to suggest a low-cost, under the radar defender for the Insider this week, but no fantasy football manager should underestimate the importance of a quality backline.
After a season dogged by injury, Everton look set to improve on their eighth place in the last campaign. But a lack of strength-in-depth could once again hamper ambitions of breaking into the top four.
Stoke snatch striker wanted by rivals, Brazilian has Chelsea medical, Fabregas staying at Arsenal, Cleverley going to Wigan, Hart in demand, Forlan for City and Owen in Championship loan link.
Chelsea seal deal for Brazilian midfielder, Fabregas in crunch Wenger talks, Milner to move at the weekend, Tottenham bid for Sporting striker, Wigan fish for Figueroa offers and battle rages for loan starlets.
The third of four instalments looking back at the 19 seasons Fantasy League has been running. This five-season section features the most points in a season by a goalkeeper, a full-back, a centre-back and an overseas player.
Tottenham and AC Milan in got, got, need, swaps negotations, Cole staying at West Ham, Chelsea near Ramires capture, United troublemakers face remrimand and Blackpool continue striker search.