The rumour mill is in full swing despite the fact that it isn't even April yet and one of the latest and most out-of-left-field links to be made as of late is that Chelsea will move for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.
The move makes sense for the Blues.
John Terry, the Chelsea captain and epitome of a wall of a defender, is set to leave the club at the end of the season and Chelsea could use a big name to undertake the daunting task of filling his shoes.
If Hummels' latest comments are anything to go by, however, Chelsea will face a difficult summer of trying to attract world class talent without Champions League football.
"Go to Chelsea? Borussia Dortmund play Champions League next season," he said on Das aktuelle sportstudio. "Chelsea don't. That's an argument to stay.
"The club said that they would not like to see the contract just run out until 2017 and I can understand that.
"I’m in the midst of a decision making process right now.
"There’s a lot of things I’d like to do, one of them is staying at Dortmund even longer and being a part of what we are rebuilding right now.
"I am aware though, that Dortmund has the last word when it comes to deciding about a new long term contract."
The German also emphasized his desire to see his compatriot and former teammate, Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, return to Dortmund.
"I'd be delighted," he added. "Of course, if he returned. He'd be a quality improvement.
"Mario is a quality player with world class potential. It would be nice to play with him again."