But for a brief stop off at Cesc Fabregas-ville, Diego Costa has dominated all summer transfer talk surrounding Chelsea, but the completion of Ashley Cole’s free transfer to Roma served as a timely reminder that the Blues are in equally desperate need of a left-back.
The signing of Fabregas and Costa’s impending arrival have seen the west Londoners soar into Premier League title co-favouritism, available to back at 19/10 to hoist the top prize in English football in 2014/15.
Still, there is a glaring hole in the left side of their defence following Cole’s exit.
Cesar Azpilicueta performed admirably as a makeshift number three last term, but the Spaniard is a right-back by trade.
With Ryan Bertrand expected to be sold, there’ll be no specialist left-back in their ranks come the start of the season so Jose Mourinho best get spending post-haste if his side are to be suitably prepared for the off.
Here are a couple of candidates they should be considering:
The Atletico Madrid man was one of a quartet of Colchoneros who were linked with a Stamford Bridge switch, but their pursuit of the Brazilian has pencil-dropped into icy waters.
One of the game’s finest practitioners, Luis averaged 4.1 tackles per La Liga outing last term, the second highest in the Spanish top tier, while his unadventurous nature renders him an ideal candidate to star in a Mourinho backline.
Tottenham’s belligerent Belgium stopper wouldn’t win himself any mates if he swapped White Hart Lane for west London, but he’s been sounding off about his craving to sample Champions League soccer in the near future.
He may prefer to play at centre-half, but the former Ajax man was at his most impressive when stationed at left-back during de Rode Duivels’ World Cup campaign and surely wouldn’t knock the Blues back on positional gripes.
Versatility, in addition to talent, should have the elite clubs queuing around the block for the Ajax defender, who can play in either full-back berth or through the middle of defence.
His stopping stats are strong, but his 88 per cent pass completion rate from 2013/14 is what is most eye-catching.