Chelsea’s most expensive signings
The Roman Abramovich era brought huge successes to Stamford Bridge – five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two Europa Leagues and a Champions League trophy are among other accolades.
Since the Russian takeover of Chelsea in 2003, he has never shied away from spending his money on some of the biggest names in football to build some of the best teams in football.
The big money signings brought in silverware, and while rival fans might not so affectionately call them “Chelski,” the Blues were regularly able to sit in front of their shiny trophy cabinet and have the last laugh.
The club’s 30 most expensive signings are all unsurprising during Abramovich’s reign – but, who are they?
The Serbian was brought back to Stamford Bridge for his second stint at the club for £ 21million, £ 19.5million more than what they paid for him the first time around.
The Colombian didn’t really light up Stamford Bridge as expected, but he managed a brace in the Premier League and the League Cup in 2015.
Arrived at Bridge in August 2011 and in his first season, he won the Champions League and the FA Cup, followed by the Europa League in his second.
A memorable player for Chelsea fans.
Although not an important member of the Chelsea squad at the moment, the Spaniard was influential on the left-wing back during the title-winning season under Antonio Conte in 2016/17.
Prolific, iconic, legendary.
Didier Drogba has asserted himself as a Chelsea greats during his two periods with the Blues with 164 goals in 381 games and the penalty above (slide two) to win the Champions League trophy in 2012.
The Ghanaian was another fan favorite at Stamford Bridge, scoring some pretty incredible goals during his nine-year stint – including that famous strike against Arsenal.
He’s not exactly the most memorable of Chelsea players, but the Italian has made 52 appearances for the Blues, winning an FA Cup and Europa League along the way.
The prodigy signed for Chelsea in 2011 and failed to reach the heights expected of him before leaving for China for £ 60million in 2017.
Chelsea paid Benfica £ 25million to bring the Brazilian to London in 2011, for his first stint at Bridge.
Arsenal fans might remember this one.
The Spaniard proved just as good as he was during the Gunners’ days when he returned to England with Chelsea, helping the Blues claim the Premier League title in his debut season with a huge 19 assists along the way.
The German cost the club just under £ 30million from Roma and has since played for the club 124 times.
The only player to have scored a Premier League goal every calendar month – a bit of triviality well worth the £ 30million paid in 2013.
22 goals in 77 appearances were not as good as Blues fans might have expected from the 2004 Ballon d’Or recipient.
He has never managed more than five goals in a single Premier League season.
The fees paid for N’Golo Kante seem like an absolute godsend for a player of his quality.
The Frenchman has helped Chelsea win League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League titles so far.
The Belgian arrived in 2012 and has always been Chelsea’s main man – with 202 goals in 352 games – before leaving for Real Madrid in 2019.
A bit crazy, often unpredictable and always fun to watch.
The Spaniard has excited Bridge for three seasons, scoring 58 goals during his time at the club.
The Belgian managed 25 goals in 77 at Chelsea but never really realized his potential at the club.
Although he scored the goal that earned them their fifth Premier League title in 2017.
The Brazilian returned to Chelsea from PSG for £ 34million in 2016, before saying goodbye again in 2019 as he moved on to Arsenal.
Well, this is shocking.
After helping Leicester win the league title, the Englishman made the move to Bridge but endured a sad time there. His most memorable contribution was arguably a red card for sending off a 16-year-old in a reserve game – oh, Danny boy.
The Moroccan arrives in the summer of 2020 and has so far made 17 appearances for the Blues, with six goal contributions.
You have a feeling that there is a lot more to come from him.
The Frenchman had been doubled from a flop at Chelsea and then spent loan periods at Milan and former club Monaco.
He has spent this season at Napoli and impressed, however. There may be a future at Bridge for the £ 40million man.
The Croatian made his loan deal permanent in the summer of 2019 and won the club’s Player of the Year award last season.
Nine goals in 28 games at Chelsea since arriving from RB Leipzig this summer, but it’s too early to call the German a flop.
The Italian was brought in from Naples by Maurizio Sarri and has been a regular since his move, with 116 times for the Blues.
Ben Chilwell signed this summer from Leicester.
The England international is worth the huge money spent on him and will surely be a part of Chelsea for years to come.
Arguably the biggest flop signing in human history.
The Spaniard was a goal machine at Liverpool but, after a then-English transfer fee record of £ 50million, he only managed 45 goals in 172 games.
But, to be fair, he played a crucial role in their path to the Champions League title in 2012, scoring against Barcelona in the semi-finals – it wasn’t so bad.
Hailed as Hazard’s heir, the young American international has performed well since his huge move from Dortmund.
And things look set to get even better for him as he bonds with Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge – the manager who gave him his senior break in Europe.
A sub-par 24 goals in Alvaro Morata’s 72 appearances which failed to make much of an impact on English football and ultimately led the Spaniard to leave for Atletico Madrid in 2019.
The most expensive goalie ever… sitting on the bench.
The ex-Athletic Bilbao man has lost his place to Edouard Mendy this season and it doesn’t look like he will get it back anytime soon – as he’s not very good at all.
The 21-year-old scored 77 goals in 150 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen before moving to Chelsea this summer – it seemed like money well spent.
However, the club’s record vocals have been extremely disappointing so far, but fans will be hoping new manager Tuchel gets every penny out of it.