Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have lost superstar players - but now the Premier League has a chance to sign a ready-made one.
With a new Premier League season comes the oft-trollied out jingoistic tripe that the English division is the best in the world.
The Premier League has only had two Europa League winners since the turn of the millennium (Liverpool in 2001 and Chelsea in 2013) and three Champions League winners in the same time-frame. La Liga, meanwhile, has a combined 11 champions - six more than England.
England have also lost a number of superstars to the Spanish division including, most notably, two Arsenal captains in Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas, former Tottenham Hotspur king Gareth Bale, a pre-prime Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo and, this summer, Liverpool's prized asset Luis Suarez.
Even Chelsea have lost superstars - due to age moreso than an inability to retain their staff - as Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole both left Stamford Bridge with the former, admittedly, returning to another English club on loan, albeit to Manchester City.
The recruitment policy that has seen Alexis Sanchez join Arsenal, Fabregas and Diego Costa transfer to Chelsea and Ander Herrera switch to Manchester United have all represented strong buys, however, not one of them were the true kings of their divisions - not when that same league contained unobtainable players like Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Should Liverpool manage to acquire Radamel Falcao for £51 million, then a message is sent to the rest of Europe.
- The Premier League can attract ready-made superstars
- The Premier League can compete with La Liga for such talent
It is true that the top division in England has a number of clubs all capable of challenging for the domestic title, but only few who can threaten elite-level European clubs like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.
Both the Bundesliga powerhouse and the reigning Champions League holders have all spent monster sums since 2000 and both have reaped the rewards - with lots of silver displayed in their trophy cabinets.
While Falcao would be a danger to all he competes against in England, his mere presence in the country suddenly elevates the Anfield side - and the Premier League as a whole - as one to watch for neutrals in the continent.