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 12 minutes of football for Chelsea in the Premier League this season - entering the fray against Swansea City in September and Crystal Palace in October.
He has also played twice in the League Cup and for six minutes in the Champions League - so the future of Salah looks to not be at Chelsea.
But his lack of football at Chelsea has not affected his stature in the Egyptian national team. His team had a small chance of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations as the best placed third placed team.
Salah seemingly had them on their way when he gave Egypt the lead in the first half. His rish to get the ball was indicative of the team's hope to score as many goals as possible to make it to Afcon.
However Tunisia went on to win 2-1 and Salah's efforts were in vein. In the end Egypt finished as the worst placed third placed team, with DR Congo beating holders Nigeria to qualification via this route.
Salah's goal was his third in qualifying for The Pharaohs, but that was not enough to send Egypt on their way to Equatorial Guinea.
You could say Chelsea will be pleased that Salah is going nowhere in the New Year, but in reality, Chelsea would not probably notice if he was gone.
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