If you had been told pre-window Chelsea would lose three European trophy winners, with no new faces, you might have a concern for Antonio Conte.
But the Premier League leaders came out of the month with a firmer grip at the top of the table, as well as a bolstered war chest for what is expected to be a big summer of trading.
Those three big deals, for a net loss of almost 1,000 Chelsea appearances, but a net gain of £60m, failed to dent Conte's first team set-up.
Ivanovic, the biggest name to move-on, is expected to complete a deal to take him to Zenit St Petersburg – the Russian transfer window is open for one more day.
The hugely charismatic and physically hard-as-nails defender, won pretty much everything a player can win with the club – though sat out the 2012 Champions League final through suspension.
He made 376 appearances for Blues in a nine-year career, scoring 34 goals – remarkable for a fullback - his last coming in Saturday's FA Cup win over Brentford.
With his contract up in the summer, there will be no fee.
Mikel John Obi, arguably man of the match during Chelsea's greatest triumph in Munich, was a second exiter who could lay claim to the label of 'legend'.
The Nigerian played 372 times for the club in over a decade, scoring six goals.
He moved to Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer.
Oscar, a third veteran of the Europa League campaign of 2013, played 203 times for Chelsea, scoring 38 goals.
The eye-popping £60m fee reaped from Shanghai SIPG for a fringe player, clearly not a major part of Conte's plans, left Chelsea with no choice but to sell.
Because of those deals, Chelsea were very much on-trend for the times as Premier League clubs recorded an overall transfer profit for the first time in a window.
A fourth money-making move saw the much-loaned goalscorer Patrick Bamford return to Middlesbrough, this time on a permanent deal, for £5.5m.
But a mooted mercy-deal to get Asmir Begovic first team football failed to come off, despite Bournemouth's interest being joined by a late bid from Watford: because Blues were unable to get a replacement to deputise for Thibaut Courtois.
With departures limited to the fringe, Conte could avoid January's notoriously overheated market.
Reinforcements came from within: and Nathan Ake, Kenedy and Charly Musonda were all recalled from loans.
Ake was the subject of a late £18m bid from former loan club Bournemouth, and is the most highly-rated of the three at Chelsea.
His ability to cover for a host of midfield and defensive positions means he is most likely of them to see first team action.
The outgoing loans, as always, were a major part of Blues' dealings.
Swindon Town seems to have taken-off as Chelsea's new nursery club: receiving four of their young players, three of them on loan.
Midfielder Charlie Colkett, defender Fankaty Dabo and centre forward Islam Feruz – all of them aged 20 or 21 – were given temporary moves to The Robins on the same day.
They were joined by their contemporary: defender Dion Conroy, who made a permanent move for an undisclosed fee.
Forward Izzy Brown was loaned to Huddersfield Town; and 20-year-old Colombian forward Jhoao Rodriguez went on the eighth loan of his young career, to Cortulua in his home country.
Chelsea and major changes were strangers: if you are riding high and injury-free in January, why bother?
But this window has streamlined their squad, and wage bill, while laying a clear path towards a big summer.