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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?

Nemanja Matic in action for the Blues
Nemanja Matic in action for the Blues | Michael Steele / Getty Images

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.

Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado found success at Chelsea | Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

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.

Juan Mata
A winner of the Champions League | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

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.

Marcos Alonso in action for Chelsea
Marcos Alonso in action for Chelsea | Steve Bardens / Getty Images

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.

Davide Zappacosta
Davide Zappacosta is now in Genoa | James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

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.

Oscar has been warned for big things | Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

The prodigy signed for Chelsea in 2011 and failed to reach the heights expected of him before leaving for China for £ 60million in 2017.

David Luiz in 2011
David Luiz in 2011 | AFP / Getty Images

Chelsea paid Benfica £ 25million to bring the Brazilian to London in 2011, for his first stint at Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas turned out to be a great signing for Chelsea | Clive Rose / Getty Images

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.

Antonio Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger arrived at Chelsea in 2017 | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

The German cost the club just under £ 30million from Roma and has since played for the club 124 times.

Willian in action for Chelsea last season | Pool / Getty Images

The only player to have scored a Premier League goal every calendar month – a bit of triviality well worth the £ 30million paid in 2013.

Andriy Shevchenko
A winner of the Ballon d’Or | Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

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.

NGolo Kante
N’Golo Kante is still present since his arrival | Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images

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.

Edenic danger
The Chelsea star for so long | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

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.

Diego Costa
Diego Costa in the FA Cup final | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

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.

Michy Batshuayi
Not the best of spells in Chelsea | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

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.

David Luiz
David Luiz left Chelsea for Arsenal | Masashi Hara / Getty Images

The Brazilian returned to Chelsea from PSG for £ 34million in 2016, before saying goodbye again in 2019 as he moved on to Arsenal.

Danny drinkwater
Expelled for children under 23 | Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

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.

Tiemoue Bakayoko
The Frenchman is loaned to Naples | Christopher Lee / Getty Images

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.

Timo werner
Timo Werner joined this summer | Visionhaus / Getty Images

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.

Jorginho in action in the Premier League | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

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.

Fernando Torres has never played for Chelsea | BEN STANSALL / Getty Images

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.

Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic in action against Luton in the FA Cup | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

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.

Alvaro Morata failed to score his mark at Chelsea
Alvaro Morata failed to score his mark at Chelsea | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

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.

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa has been replaced by Edouard Mendy | Clive Rose / Getty Images

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.