For Premier League aficionados, international breaks have long been a source of irritation. Concerns about star players getting injured and worries over how much truth there is in the many transfer rumours that bubble up dominate supporter discussions, particularly among fans of those clubs challenging for silverware.
The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals here.
Chelsea face fight to keep Hazard
Only a couple of days ago, it was reported that Chelsea were preparing to offer Eden Hazard a lavish new contract in order to stave off the attentions of Real Madrid.
Now, according to the Mirror, they are resigned to "a summer-long battle" to keep the Belgium international.
It says Real believe Hazard is...
There are few things in football more predictable than Real Madrid spending the summer transfer window attempting to extract the best players from the Premier League. So with the 2016-17 season having less than two months to run, the Spanish giants have begun their annual attempt to hoover up the cream of English football with Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois reportedly their prime targets.
That Real Madrid are interested in signing them speaks volumes about how each has performed this...
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.
Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.
Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
One transfer rumour that simply doesn't look like going away is the link between Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Real Madrid,...
Alvaro Morata is ready to give up on his Real Madrid dream, claims one Spanish publication, with Antonio Conte pushing hard for Chelsea to be his next destination.
Plus, Chelsea are among the clubs leading the race for Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson.
For more on Morata and Gibson to Chelsea, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.
With the Premier League in the final straight, the race for the Champions League is hotting up.
Chelsea probably have the Premier League all sewn up, but behind them, it's all to play for. Just nine points separate Tottenham in second and Everton in seventh -- so who is sealing a spot in the top four?
ESPN FC's club bloggers discuss their team's hopes for the remainder of the campaign and pick their qualifiers for next season's Champions League.
Something cataclysmic would have...