When Roman Abramovich took possession of Chelsea, he immediately gained a reputation for spending hundreds of millions on high-profile purchases. So in a quick period from the middle peasant, the Blues turned into the main rival of Manchester United. Now, after a long lull, Chelsea is once again becoming actively strengthened by the leading performers in Europe. But how does this transfer window compare to the previous ones?
2003 – 121 million pounds
The Abramovich revolution began with Claudio Ranieri and 121 million pounds – for that time is just an incredible amount. The most expensive acquisition was Damien Duff, which cost the club £ 17 million. He was joined by nine more recruits (each worth at least 6 million) – Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Claude Makelele, Hernan Crespo, Adrian Mutu, Juan Sebastian Veron, Wayne Bridge, Jeremy and Glen Johnson.
Ranieri will take that team to second place – the best team result in the Premier League. In the Champions League, Chelsea made it to the semi-finals. Nice, but not enough, and soon a “special” coach Jose Mourinho appeared in London, who was allocated another 94 million for spending.
2016 – 118 million pounds
Antonio’s era Conte started out with huge expenses. Four newcomers came to the team: Misha Batshuayi from Marseille (33 million), N’Golo Kante from Leicester (32 million), Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina (23 million) and David Luis (30 million). p>
The Italian won the championship, and although his decision to invite Batshuayi did not come true, Luis and Alonso helped him a lot. Well, Kante became the player of the season and one of the best transfers in recent Chelsea history.
2018 – 118 million pounds
In 2018, only two players joined the team, but for what money! Jorginho cost Abramovich £ 51m, while Kepa Arrisabalaga broke Liverpool’s Alison record set just days before him, becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in history at £ 72m.
Was it worth it? I think the fans already know everything.
2017 £ 185m
Not the best transfer window in Chelsea history. However, we must not forget that the Blues managed to earn 100 million by selling Matic, Ake and Begovic. But where did this money go?
Judge for yourself: Davide Zappacosta was bought for 23 million, Antonio Rudiger was lured away for 29 million, and Tiemue Bakayoko was worth 40 million. The hardest thing to remember is that Alvaro Morata cost $ 58 million and Danny Drinkwater $ 35 million.
Then Chelsea invited Ross Barkley for $ 50 million. All this is only the fifth place in the Premier League. One could only rejoice at the FA Cup.
2020 – 198 million pounds
After the ban on purchases from UEFA Chelsea returned to the transfer market with the desire to acquire all the best players in the world. Initially, the “aristocrats” spent 128 million pounds, inviting Hakim Ziyech (36 million), Timo Werner (47 million) and Ben Chillwell (45 million). Another 70 million and bonuses were worth the transfer of Kai Havertz from Bayer.