In January Chelsea defeated a Premier League rival to the signature of an attacking talent. In the summer they had beaten Tottenham to the signature of Willian, but this time it was Liverpool who were defeated in the race for Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian shone for FC Basel in the Swiss club's two victories against Chelsea in the Champions League and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was happy to shell out around £11 million on the talent.
The pacey attacker went on to play 11 games for his new club last season, scoring on two occasions.
But this season has been a disappointment from the player.
He has played just eight minutes of football for Chelsea in the Premier League this season - entering the fray against Swansea City in September.
He featured for 80 minutes in the Capital One Cup against Bolton Wanderers - meaning he is yet to play 90 minutes for Chelsea this season.
So international duty probably could not come soon enough for the 22-year-old, as he remains a pivotal member of the Egyptian national team.
Salah made it 18 goals in 31 games for his nation after scoring against Botswana earlier in the week.
And he has been at it again.
Salah now has 19 goals for his nation as Egypt once again defeated Botswana in African Cup of Nations qualifying.
Salah took the ball down magnificently well from a long ball, breaking beyond the Botswana defence before curling the ball beyond the goalkeeper with real poise.
The winger cannot seem to buy a game at Chelsea despite helping Egypt get back into contention for Afcon qualification. But he will certainly have caught the eye this international break, hopefully the eye of his manager Mourinho.