Atletico Madrid forward Arda Turan continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea, with the Turkish international holding out on an offer form Manchester United in the hope of sealing a switch to Stamford Bridge.
If Turan receives his wish, he will join former Vicente Calderon teammates Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and Radamel Falcao in West London.
Many more Los Colchoneros stars have been heavily linked with moves to Chelsea over this summer and the last, including Blues-cast-off-turned-Atleti-lynchpin Tiago, defenders Miranda and Diego Godin and midfield maestro Koke.
Last summer in particular, Jose Mourinho’s side were linked with a wholesale ram-raiding of the Madrid side’s first team that could hardly be described as sporting, coming as it did, after Diego Simeone’s side had comprehensively dismantled them in the Champions League semi-finals.
Yet it should hardly be surprising that Chelsea and Mourinho in particular see Atletico’s squad as a de-facto kitchen garden for their ranks.
The parallels between the football played by Simeone’s side and Mourinho’s are obvious.
Both are pragmatic in the extreme, placing a huge focus on being able to choke the life out of the best attacks by means fair or, if necessary, foul.
There is a place for gifted game changers within the ranks (if they subscribe to the work ethic), but also for the Raul Garcia or Ramires-like grafters and both managers remain wedded to the idea of a line-leading centre-forward.
As such it is hardly surprising that players successful in one team could easily find a place for themselves in the other.
However, where the two men differ is that Simeone has made his vision reality among the relative have-nots of the financially-doped Primera Division.
Even in the season when he came within minutes of pulling off the sweetest league and Champions League double of recent times he had waved goodbye to Radamel Falcao, at that point acknowledged to be the world’s third-best goal-scorer, before a ball had been kicked.
Such handicaps have been alien to Mourinho for much of his career and that is why his continual conquest of Simeone’s talent can only be regarded as slightly embarrassing.
It highlights the fact that, revolutionary as he once may have seemed, he is now merely a less financially-efficient version of the Argentine.