Didier Drogba's singing in 2004 exemplifies Chelsea's excellent track record of successful French signings.
Given the £300 million spent on an offence that is still finding its feet under Thomas Tuchel, there is reason to be sceptical or gloomy about Chelsea's recent recruiting.
Last summer's exodus of young players seemed to be more of a symptom of a much larger problem with squad planning than a masterstroke.
But, as the summer transfer window in 2022 approaches, which is expected to be even busier than this month, Chelsea can learn from the past in one market that has proven to be beneficial.
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Drogba, who joined Chelsea for £34 million in the summer of Mourinho's arrival, will go down in history as one of the club's greatest ever singers.
Over the course of two periods with the club, he scored 164 goals in 381 games. Four Premier League titles, one Champions League, four FA Cups, and three League Cups are among his achievements.
The Ivorian will always be remembered as a legend, but looking past Drogba, you can see a trend of incredible transactions from France's upper echelon.
Petr Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes the same year as Didier Drogba, in a historic trade that would be repeated 16 years later when Edouard Mendy joined the same club for £22 million.
Who can forget the tiny matter of Eden Hazard's signing? Drobga was acquired from Lille in the summer and spent eight brilliant years in west London, where he established himself as one of the most talented players Stamford Bridge has ever seen.
Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, and Kurt Zouma are just a few of the names on the list.
Chelsea has long been associated with central midfielders, including Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni, who remains one of the club's top priorities in 2022.
Boubacar Kamara of Marseille, the team from whom Chelsea has had such remarkable success, has also been highlighted in recent years from Ligue 1.
Kamara is a year older than Tchouameni, and a quick look at their stats over the past year demonstrates why both have piqued attention as future recruits.
Tchouameni has a little advantage in interceptions, defensive duels, and recoveries per 90, whilst Kamara has a slight advantage in accurate passes, passes per 90, and defensive duels won via WyScout.
The Monaco man appears to be the better option. Kamara and others continue to demonstrate how talented a division Ligue 1 remains for Premier League clubs to exploit.
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