It was yet another summer of change at Chelsea as Jose Mourinho attempted to build a squad capable of retaining the Premier League title.
Last year's waltz to the league title was quickly forgotten, and the Portuguese boss had voids to fill after the summer departures of Filipe Luis, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech.
With both Manchester clubs doing their business early, the Blues left theirs uncharacteristically late and only spent big after a lacklustre start to the season.
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We will now rate the players Mourinho has managed to bolster his squad with this summer.
Despite scoring just four goals in all competitions for Manchester United last season, Mourinho moved swiftly to sign Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.
The Columbian touched down on English shores with a reputation as one of the world's deadliest strikers - yet his miserable time at Old Trafford has sparked many to dismiss him as injury-plagued and a far cry from the player of old.
After dismal cameos against Arsenal and Manchester City, Falcao is now off the mark for his new employers - scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Whether it proves to be another false dawn or the start of something great is yet to be seen, but on a temporary deal the 29-year-old is worth a punt.
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With Luis returning to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea were in need of a new left-back to challenge Cesar Azpilicueta for a starting berth.
Baba Rahman was then signed for £17.4million from Bundesliga side Augsburg, with his pace and potential representing a shrewd piece of business.
The 21-year-old is still raw but under Mourinho could follow in Azpilicueta's footsteps in becoming one of the Premier League's best full-backs.
Both the club and its supporters will be hoping he sticks around longer for Luis - who returned to Spain less than a year after arriving at Stamford Bridge.
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With Cech having joined Arsenal, Chelsea made their move for Stoke City's Asmir Begovic. The Bosnian is likely to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois over the course of the campaign, but was immediately given an opportunity to impress after the Belgian was dismissed in the opening day draw with Swansea City.
He made a string of saves to keep Garry Monk's side at bay, and was the shining light in a 3-0 battering by Manchester City earlier this month.
Already Begovic is a popular figure amongst Chelsea supporters and may prove to be a crucial signing - particularly if Courtois is ruled out of action.
Manchester United looked set to sign Pedro only for Mourinho and Cesc Fabregas to intervene and ensure he sign for Chelsea instead.
The former Barcelona forward has already made an immediate impact, providing two assists and a goal in his only two games for the Blues so far.
That he snubbed the advances of Louis van Gaal has also gone down well over at Stamford Bridge.
However, whether he can handle the physical demands of the English game is the only question mark lingering over his signing - and answers will no doubt be received once the busy festive schedule commences.
Best of the rest
Michael Hector - Signed from Reading on deadline day. Kept Arsenal at bay in the FA Cup semi-final last season and has maturity beyond his years. HIT.
Papy Djilobodji - Arrived but only once the Blues had given up on John Stones. Has been omitted from the Champions League squad and could be another player to stay at Stamford Bridge for the short term. MISS.
Danilo Pantic - Signed and then immediately sent on loan to feeder club Vitesse Arnhem. Will need to impress in Holland to have any chance of making the grade with Chelsea. JURY OUT.