Chelsea still reportedly have ambitions of signing Jules Kounde in the coming 12 months, but their pathway remains a prickly one.
Numerous outlets continue to suggest the Sevilla defender is a primary target of Thomas Tuchel.
ESPN claimed last week that the Blues were potentially eyeing up a January move for Kounde, if his £68m release clause demands decreased.
The Sunday World suggested Tuchel himself had asked the board to continue their pursuit of the young centre-back.
But after failing to secure the Frenchman’s services on deadline day, can Chelsea take the risk of revisiting such a saga?
They have already walked down a very similar valley before, many moons ago, with the results slightly harrowing.
Way back in 2007, the Blues were closing in on the signature of a certain Dani Alves.
At the time, the iconic Brazilian was plying his trade in a Sevilla shirt.
He didn’t have quite at the same legendary status as he carries today, but the full-back had already captured the imagination of Europe’s elite for ensuring the Spanish side’s success between 2006 and 2007.
Alves aided Los Nervionenses’ trophy haul across that period, collecting a Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup winner’s medal.
Inevitably, Chelsea wanted a slice of the silverware pie.
An article from the Guardian said the Blues had all but wrapped up Alves in a deal worth £21.5m.
Terms had been agreed and the transaction appeared finalised.
Or so it seemed.
Could the same happen with Kounde?
Talks seemingly broke down at the last minute, meaning Alves did not exchange Spanish sunshine for Stamford Bridge.
“I didn’t go to Chelsea because of the club, not because of me,” said the full-back in an interview with Sky Sports in 2018.
“I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him,” he admitted, referencing then Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
“I don’t know if he got different information, that I didn’t want to go or whatever, because since then our relationship hasn’t been so good, but it wasn’t my fault.
“I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team.”
Shuffle forward a year from this debacle and Alves had donned a Barcelona jersey.
Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, the current Sao Paulo skipper became arguably the greatest right-back in modern history.
And that could have been Chelsea’s, had they not faltered at the final hurdle.
Allowing Kounde to slip through the net might have equally gut-wrenching consequences.
What if another heavyweight swoops in and transforms him as Guardiola did with Alves?
Then the Blues’ hierarchy would have to bury their head in the sand, then cover it in cement.