Chelsea have made it through another topsy, turvy, traumatic, tantalising, trying, testing transfer window in pretty good shape.
The last-minute addition of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid sugar-coated what eventually turned out to be a very prosperous summer.
Although the incomings only stood at three, they were acquisitions of the highest order.
Romelu Lukaku’s poignant return has already been verified as a smart piece of business.
Marcus Bettinelli might not raise the roof, but is a decent back-up for the two trusted goalkeepers.
And Saul is simply a cool customer, with a point to prove after a disappointing season at Madrid.
But it was more about the outgoings that caught the eye.
So many more were shipped off across the continent permanently or on loan.
Yet, this does not mean Chelsea’s transfer operations are finished completely.
They will already have one eye on January, where they can officially start their operations all over again.
Here are three deals we think the Blues need to make come the turn of 2022.
Many would have prepared themselves to see Ross Barkley’s name plastered across every website and newspaper throughout the summer.
As it turned out, the Englishmen received very little press or attention from the wider footballing community.
Which is certainly a concern on his behalf.
After a largely underwhelming loan spell with Aston Villa, Barkley returned to pre-season in the hope of persuading Thomas Tuchel to keep him on board.
This was always going to be a long shot, especially considering his no.8 shirt number was stripped away and handed to Mateo Kovacic.
Signing Saul also signalled that the central midfield slot was now fully booked.
It’s probably best to wave goodbye to Barkley in January.
Every mention of Jules Kounde must’ve sent shivers down Malang Sarr’s spine.
His chances at breaking back into the Blues senior squad was always going to be thin, especially after a pretty poor loan stint with Porto in 2020/21.
Adding Kounde would send him even further down the list of defenders.
As in transpired, the Sevilla centre-back did not set sail for South West London.
However, this does not mean Sarr is any less surplus to requirements.
Chelsea may well revisit their Kounde interest in a few months, which means someone would have to give way.
This selection is one made with a heavy heart but done for the good of a player whose luck has been up for several years.
Charly Musonda hasn’t been able to earn a break since moving to Chelsea’s academy in 2012.
Near career-ending injuries have set his development back so far, it’s hard to believe he will ever blossom again.
He certainly won’t if he ruts in the shadows at Stamford Bridge.
Although prior loans haven’t worked out for the Belgian before, a fresh start in a new location could be exactly what the doctor ordered.