Atletico Madrid enjoyed a remarkable season under Diego Simeone last term, winning the La Liga title for the first time in almost 20 years before losing the Champions League final to city rivals Real Madrid. Yet with their success came loss, as star duo Filipe Luis and Diego Costa both left the Spanish capital for Chelsea, with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also going to Stamford Bridge upon the expiration of his three-year loan deal from the Blues.
Simeone was allowed to splash the cash in a bid to replenish his squad though, with the likes of Miguel Moya, Jan Oblak, Jesus Gamez, Cristian Ansaldi, Guilherme Siquiera, Antoine Griezmann, Alessio Cerci, Raul Jimenez and Mario Mandzukic all arriving at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
So far, Atletico have won four of their opening six La Liga games, drawing one and losing one as they sit in fifth place, five points behind leaders Barcelona. January could see more new arrivals for Simeone, and transfer speculation is already linking him with a move to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech - even having already signed two stoppers in Moya and Oblak.
Cech, 32, has been Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper since his arrival from Rennes in 2004, but the return of loanee Courtois has left him on the bench, leading to rumours of a January exit for the Czech Republic international, who is still too good to be sat on the sidelines.
So far, neither Moya nor Oblak have truly impressed in Courtois' absence, which would, in a strange twist of events, mean Cech would be replacing the Belgian at Atletico if he did sign for the Spanish champions. Oblak, 21, is seen as one for the future, whilst Moya is merely a stop gap who can be upgraded upon if Atletico so wish - and reports suggest that Atletico have their eyes on Cech for that role.