Chelsea caused one of the stirs of the January transfer window in signing Colombian World Cup star Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.
The Serie A star cost an initial £23.3m and the 1/4 Premier League title favourites were required to shed both Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah in order to fund the deal.
However, these high-profile comings and goings somewhat overshadowed arguably the most remarkable transfer Chelsea sanctioned last month.
Defender Ryan Bertrand departed Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, moving to Southampton, where he had spent the first half of the season on loan.
The Champions League winner was the last-resort left-back in the Blues ranks, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis duelling for Jose Mourinho’s affection in this particular department.
Despite Bertrand having no future to speak of in west London and being deemed substandard by the club’s coaching staff, Chelsea, unbelievably, were able to coax £10m out of the Saints for the player.
This unfathomable amount of money (not far away from being half of the Cuadrado down payment) is the latest in a string of sales the Blues have made for ridiculously overblown prices.
Kevin De Bruyne was the first of these, with the Belgian inflating his stock during a highly product loan spell at Werder Bremen in 2012/13.
However, spending half of the next season on the Chelsea bench negated the rapid progress he made, yet this didn’t stop them copping an £11m profit when selling him to Wolfsburg.
Romelu Lukaku is another talent who Chelsea had no patience with.
He spent Mourinho’s first season in charge at on loan at Everton as the Portuguese opted to try his hand with ageing strikers Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o, though this didn’t diminish his value when the Toffees wanted to make the move permanent.
No deals are as galling as David Luiz’s move to Paris Saint-Germain though.
The Brazilian centre-back was far too eccentric and unreliable to man the rearguard of a Mourinho defence and the Special One tended to deploy him in midfield on the rare event that he picked him at all, but this didn’t prevent PSG succumbing to his record-busting asking price.