This summer Chelsea embarked on something of a restructuring of their striking resources under Jose Mourinho. The Blues brought Didier Drogba back to the club and also splashed out on the signature of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. Loic Remy also arrived from QPR.
To offset those deals they allowed Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba tranfers out the Chelsea revolving door - joining AC Milan, Everton and Besiktas respectively.
Ba was signed by the club from Newcastle United for £8 million in January 2013 but he never truly cemented himself at the club. Brought in to help a flagging strike force he had his moments for The Blues but his Chelsea move soon turned sour. He spent most of his time warming the bench for the club and this summer forced a move to Besiktas.
And while he has now got his move to Turkey, a destination he has long wanted to play football in, he has admitted that he always dreamed of playing for a big side like Chelsea. Ahead of his meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League this evening - he has been speaking in the club's official magazine about his time in England - and his hopes for the future with Besiktas:
"One day I dreamed of playing for a team like Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Bayern Munich. And my dreams one day became a reality of what can be with a very strong hope. [The] Chelsea transfer was a very important step in my life. But I did not play regularly...but I never lost my faith. Now I am at Besiktas. This team still can write there own many stories , can fill many pages, I think it will. "
Ba will now hope to show everyone what he is missing with a goal or two against his former London rivals.