To continue yesterday's theme of catching up on old news, it's probably worth mentioning the fact that while one Spanish club was blowing twice the Betis annual budget on a player whose position they already have well covered, for the verdiblancos themselves the transfer deadline passed without significant activity.
That's a good sign, of course. While in past years the last day of the transfer window was the cause for all sorts of drama - remember this? - this close season the Betis technical department were good and sure to do their shopping early, not least, I suspect, because they knew the season would already be two weeks old when the deadline passed.
That's not to say, however, that there wasn't plenty of stuff going on behind the scenes. So far news has leaked out of no fewer than three last-minute multimillion pound bids for Betis players - all turned down - and who knows whether there were more we'll never know about.
First up, and perhaps most predictably, Rubén Castro was reportedly the subject of a €5million offer from UAE club Al Jazeera. I suppose if we're being really hard headed about this, that kind of money for a 32-year-old currently suffering from a mystery injury should have been snapped up, but we all know that Rubén's value to the current Betis can only be assessed as "priceless" - for all sorts of reasons that go beyond mere goals - so it's no surprise that his well-heeled suitors were politely turned away.
There might have been more agonising, however, about the €1.5million that Stuttgart reportedly put on the table for Antonio Amaya. Again, that's a lot of money for a 30-year-old in the last year of his contract, and if the deal had been mooted earlier than the last week of the transfer window then it might well have gone through. But the Germans' tardiness left Betis with too little time to find reinforcements for their already stretched defensive line, so this bid was also rejected.
Finally, and less concretely, there continues to be plenty of rumoured interest in young winger Álvaro Vadillo. Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League and at least one Bundesliga club were said to be on the verge of putting together an offer approaching a juicy €9million, but once Betis had made it clear that he wasn't for sale, that was the end of the story. Readers who have only watched his rather underwhelming performances for the first team so far might be wondering what the fuss is about - he certainly didn't look like the new Ronaldo at Jablonec, for example - but scouts continue to be convinced that his world-beating form for Betis B a couple of years back and for Spain Under-20s over the summer mean he's the real deal. Let's hope he proves them right in the coming months.