Sol Campbell and his commitment, Rivaldo and his letter, Willian and his medical, Paulo Dybala and his image rights - the four horsemen of the Tottenham Hotspur transfer apocalypse.
The last sage on that list feels like a significant sliding door in Spurs history. If Mauricio Pochettino had got hold of the superstar he wanted, their form might still have nosedived, but they'd be in a far stronger position with Dybala than without him.
While Spurs fans were dreaming of a truly world-class signing, they could not have foretold the events that would follow in the next six months, and now the club find themselves in a desperate position to strengthen the squad in January.
Their searches and enquiries have led them to Krzysztof Piątek.
After a breakout campaign with Polish side Cracovia in the 2017/18 season, the striker moved to Genoa the following summer, and by January 2019 was on the books at Milan. Such a rapid rise is unquestionably impressive, but one that has raised several doubts.
In 18 matches for Milan so far this season, Piątek has scored just four goals - three of these were penalties. When players become available in the January window, it should be a warning to clubs that a player is being shipped out with such haste. Considering the Poland international has only been at San Siro for just under 12 months, this is a flag so red that it's being used to surf the Kop at Anfield.
The side originally at the front of the queue for Piątek's signature were relegation-battling Aston Villa, looking for a someone to fill in the gap left by an injury to five-goal Wesley.
Do you see the point I'm trying to make yet?
Top clubs were steering clear of Piątek because he didn't represent good value for money - he's a limited striker who was on a ridiculous hot streak, and a club as desperate as Milan bit the bullet instead of waiting to see what would happen once that slowed down. Shock horror, they're trying to shift him less than a year after splashing the cash.
The ludicrous criticisms levelled at Harry Kane during his breakout season are legitimate ones for the Pole. A non-physical player who thrives on close-range finishes and goals from set pieces is in for a surprise when he finds Spurs are currently rubbish at creating chances and have been historically bad at corners and free kicks. Roberto Soldado was tipped to succeed at White Hart Lane, but he suffered from these disadvantages in the Premier League.
The quoted fee is in the region of £28m, which by Tottenham's standards is a lot of money, and probably not a sum that they would see again for Piątek - how many goals would he have to score in order to recoup that money? It'd be a bold move by Daniel Levy to sanction such a request.
In order for Piątek to be value for money, he would need to succeed expectations by such a distance that he would force Mourinho to play a two-man attack once Kane returns from injury. Good luck with that. Come May, he would be lucky to see any game time, regardless of his superior's fitness concerns moving forward.
Piątek will not be the difference between Spurs reaching the top four or not, and so a deal should be avoided at all costs. A better use of money would be to plug the already gaping holes in the squad, particularly in defensive midfield and at right back.
Rebuilding the foundations for a brighter future and forming a clear identity should be Spurs' aims for the rest of the season - the FA Cup or top four is a bonus.
With a young striker so highly rated as Troy Parrott ready to emerge, bringing in pieces around him to help with chance creation should be the focus in the window, and not a stop-gap replacement for a top 10 player in the club's history.
Tottenham hired Mourinho with the view of becoming 'winners', but the man isn't a winner anymore. They need to avoid signing a 'goalscorer' who doesn't score goals anymore.
Source : 90min