Chelsea sustained a respectable challenge for the Premier League title but, like their Champions League campaign, seemingly faltered at the penultimate hurdle.
It was not due to a lack of tactical acumen. After all, the selection policy and defensive strategy of manager Jose Mourinho allowed the club to gain a distinct advantage over Paris Saint Germain in Europe, Atletico Madrid in Spain and Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Yet Mourinho bemoaned his lack of quality striking options - something the club are expected to correct in the coming weeks, with the speculated addition of Diego Costa and/or Mario Mandzukic.
Aside from the recruitment of the Brazil-born Spaniard and the Bayern Munich striker, Mourinho may have revealed the club's policy in the upcoming transfer market.
During a Q&A organised by Yahoo on Twitter, the Portuguese said, in response to a question regarding whom he would invest in if players were stocks: "I would buy cheap shares so go to cheap markets where I could find big potential and years later make money."
Does that mean the seemingly low-cost acquisitions of youngsters who have excelled on loan periods could be offloaded at a high price? Players like Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and Thorgan Hazard all excelled during temporary stays at Everton, Atletico and Zulte Waregem and are wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, Atleti and Liverpool, respectively.
In order to abide by Financial Fair Play ruling, the club may need to offload talent in order to purchase their primary targets.
The club have also been linked with Hoffenheim's coveted Brazilian; Roberto Firmino, Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and wonderkid Raphael Varane.