Jack Robinson has completed his move to Sheffield United, with that deal likely to end the uncertainty surrounding Chema’s future at Nottingham Forest.
The Blades have confirmed that an agreement, mooted by The Sun to be £1 million, has been pushed through.
As a result, one option at left-back has departed the City Ground.
Sabri Lamouchi still has useful alternatives available to him.
Yuri Ribeiro has been another transfer success story from the summer of 2019.
The energetic Portuguese is not the finished article, but boasts plenty of potential at 22 years of age.
Chema also comes into the mix for what will forever be ‘the Stuart Pearce’ role at the City Ground.
The versatile Spaniard has operated as both a centre-half and full-back this season.
He has let nobody down in either position.
With that in mind, the 27-year-old would be a useful option to keep around.
Lamouchi has suggested that he is of that way of thinking, saying in the Nottingham Post: “I am not talking about rumours. Chema is playing, he is happy here.
“I don’t have any information from the club. And for me, he is with us until the end of the season.
“We are looking for players, not to sell some players – and good players.”
The Reds boss was responding to claims that Chema has become a target for Almeria back in his homeland.
El Periodico de Aragon are now reporting that Real Zaragoza are also keen.
Chema, though, committed to a two-year contract upon his arrival on Trentside.
He has told Forest Review: “I have felt very comfortable from the first moment, little by little I know the history of the club and it seems incredible.
“It is such a great club and I am loving playing here. We have great players, a great coach and hopefully we can be successful.
“I’ve always liked English football. I like the passion and intensity with which it is played.”
Hardly the words of a man scrambling for a route to the nearest exit.
Robinson has headed in that direction and Chema should now expect to cement his current standing in the pecking order.
Any unwelcome rumours regarding a move elsewhere can come to a close.
That should be the approach being favoured by Forest.
Offloading Robinson, who has looked shaky at times this season, while bringing in a fee for a player with less than six months left to run on his current contract makes plenty of sense.
He has been a decent servant across 18 months, but the Reds are moving on.
An agreement with Premier League suitors benefits all concerned.
Forest are hoping to grace that level in the not too distant future anyway.
Whether Chema has a prominent role to play in that quest during 2019-20 and beyond remains to be seen, but for now he is very much part of the fold.
Here’s hoping that remains the case.