Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani both decided to join clubs in France rather than take up offers in England.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool then refused to contemplate letting Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez respectively leave for domestic rivals.
All in all it has left the Premier League looking a little bereft ahead of the opening round of fixtures.
Roberto Mancini's charisma has been replaced by Manuel Pellegrini's understated approach at Manchester City, whilst the much speculated returns of Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas look unlikely to become reality.
In addition, the enormous presence of Sir Alex Ferguson will be absent.
Under the circumstances, Premier League executives need to be grateful for what they have got.
After a six-year absence, Mourinho is back.
"Mourinho is stardust," said Scudamore.
"He is a character, a successful character and a talking point.
"If you go back 15 years, the players were the only stardust we had. The game's evolved. Now the likes of Ferguson, Moyes, Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas are big characters and we need them."
Interestingly, the Premier League does not boast of itself as the 'best' league in the world.
Instead, it plumps for most attractive.
Scudamore has done more than most to turn that worldwide support into hard cash. And he insists the absence of the world's top talent is not an issue.
"The Premier League has not always been the number one destination," he said.
"We never had Zidane or Figo. Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo left us and it didn't stop us.
"I don't worry about individual players leaving.
"None of us know how good the managers and players are going to be until they get here anyway.
"People went Arsene Who? There are going to be foreign players people don't know yet nor what young players will come through."
Nor what scandals are going to erupt for that matter, knowing Suarez is still to complete his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield last season.
"We get hugely involved in the ethics of the game," he said.
"I have sent out an e-mail to clubs that includes stuff about the behaviour of players and officials.
"Why wouldn't we have engagement with that. It's the right thing to do."
Yet Scudamore knows the less savoury aspects of the game are not far from the surface.
It might not be as extreme as Suarez sinking his choppers into an opponent. But it could be the events that have happened behind the scenes that made him turn against Liverpool, the same could be said of Rooney and Bale of course.
"Do I know that the players are getting tapped up routinely? I have no evidence," said Scudamore.
"But I have an opinion - I am not naive.
"I don't think clubs are directly contacting players about agitating for moves but you can't escape the fact there are intermediaries trying to broker them because you see and hear it.
"But don't tell me it's a 2013-14 phenomenon."
It hardly helps that the transfer window does not close until three rounds of matches have been completed, when clubs already might be getting panicky.
Scudamore accepts nothing can be done about that because the European leagues begin at different times, just as he knows, no matter what happens in the Premier League this season, the assessment of England's standing in the game will come through its performance at the World Cup - if they qualify.
"I don't think we would take much (blame if England failed to reach Brazil," said Scudamore.
"We are one nation of 207 who play football. Is our island of 60million people suddenly going to win the World Cup? You have to get your expectancy right.
"The quarter-finals of a major tournament is absolutely where we should be expected to get to. Semi-finals are a bonus and getting to the final and winning just fantastic.
"If we do worse than getting to the last eight of a major tournament we all take responsibility and the evidence says we haven't produced a group of players and managed them well on the best stage.
"That is why the huge investment in youth development is essential.
"You can't escape the fact we haven't got 40 or 50 world-beating players that could walk into any international team.
"Only when we do have that crop should we rest on our laurels."