The latest twist in the sordid love affair between Chelsea FC and Jose Mourinho is the rumour in the Sunday Express that a condition of his return to Stamford Bridge is that Cristiano Ronaldo joins him.
The Daily Mail reported the same thing in March 2012, and with Mourinho the runaway favourite to become the next permanent manager of Chelsea, it seems that it could re-enter the realm of possibility, no matter how far-fetched it sounds.
Signing Ronaldo would cost Chelsea upwards of £60 million and a purchase of such magnitude will only be possible if Chelsea secure Champions League football for next season. It also seems nonsensical to splash the cash on a player like Ronaldo when the Three Amigos are already so prolific, but if it happens, it could produce some amazing football.
Picture the scene, if you will.
Oscar picks up the ball around the halfway line. He carries it past one or two players before passing to Eden Hazard on his left. Hazard takes it straight through one player before lofting a perfectly weighted cross-field ball to Ronaldo. He would then perform no fewer than three step-overs before sliding the perfect pass for Juan Mata to finish straight down the middle of the goal.
That could happen.
With Romelu Lukaku most likely returning in the summer, a 4-2-3-1 incorporating him in front of Mazacar and Ronaldo would be an attack that could wreak havoc in every competition. The threat posed by that team would be spectacular, which would ease the pressure on the defence and provide some exhibition football of the highest quality.
It would be wise if owner Roman Abramovich exercised caution, considering the lack of success from his previous big-name, big-money buys, although there is obviously a big difference between Ronaldo and Fernando Torres.
It would be a ridiculous display of dominance for Chelsea if this did happen, and there is still a wealth of potential for the failure of any such deal. However, pulling it off would signal the intent to ignore all of the goings-on at Stamford Bridge this season and set the Blues firmly back on course to establishing their position among the biggest club sides in the world.