Now, it looks like the Blues could be interested in making another savvy purchase from the bargain bin, with Iago Aspas of Celta Vigo on the team's radar.
From the Mirror's Football Spy:
Chelsea and Reading sent representatives to to watch Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas during his side's 2-0 defeat to Espanyol yesterday.
Following the success of £2 million signing Michu at Swansea, Premier League clubs are searching for the next bargain buy from La Liga, writes Sam Marsden.
Swansea are also interested in the 25-year-old forward who has grown up at the Galician club—with English teams prepared to test Celta's resolve despite the player stating he is keen remain with the side battling relegation in La Liga until at least the summer.
Like all players in Spain he has his price with a release clause that stands at around €10 million.
The 25-year-old is in the midst of one of his best seasons, having scored eight goals and adding three assists in 22 appearances for the La Liga side.
While a striker, Aspas has shown an inclination toward dropping deeper and aiding possession if he doesn't naturally become involved in the game. He could easily translate to a second striker or attacking midfielder at times if called upon to do so.
Then again, Chelsea doesn't exactly have a ton of need in that regard. But given the sort of bargain Aspas might be signed for, the Blues can afford to add a bit of excess.
Here's your YouTube scouting report:
No, Aspas isn't Radamel Falcao. But with the unlikelihood that Falcao will go anywhere this January—and might prefer PSG to the Blues anyway—a bit of bargain shopping might be the smart move for Chelsea.
Look, the Blues spent a lot of money this offseason, namely to bring in Eden Hazard and Oscar. While both of those players look like fantastic additions, spending willy-nilly isn't always the best business model.
Sometimes, finding bargains like the Ba deal is the way to go.
And if Aspas turns out to be anything like Michu, he won't be remembered as a bargain-bin player—he'll be remembered as a stud, and one of the smartest signings Chelsea has made in recent memory.
When the reward is that much greater than the risk, it's always worth a shot.