Chelsea over the past 20 years has become a full-fledged grand. With the arrival of Roman Abramovich, the club began to spend huge amounts on strengthening and continues to do so after parting with the Russian businessman. We collected a symbolic team from Chelsea’s most expensive purchases, where there were both successful transfers and outright failures.
Most Expensive Chelsea Squad
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga – €80,000,000
Transfer: from Athletic in the summer of 2018.
What is the result:tal meme and stuck to the bench.
Kepa’s transfer is a risk that has not justified itself. After Thibaut Courtois left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, Chelsea urgently needed a new goalkeeper. The choice fell on Arrizabalaga, in which many saw the future successor of David de Gea. In the conditions of tight deadlines, I had to overpay – Chelsea activated a clause of € 80 million.
In England, Kepa failed. And if in the first two seasons the Spaniard was forgiven for scoring mistakes and continued to let out on the field, then his patience ran out. Chelsea bought Edouard Mendy and forgot about the goalkeeper problem. Now Kepa plays in minor tournaments and replaces a partner when he is injured. Now Arrizabalaga is only 23 years old, but it is very difficult to imagine that he will restart his career at Chelsea.
Right back: Antonio Ruediger – €35,000,000
Transfer: from Roma in the summer of 2017.
What is the result: became a star, but left for free
But the bet on Rudiger completely worked. In 2017, he came to London as an average European defender, able to shine from time to time, but not consistently at the top level. Chelsea did not go broke on this purchase, so they did not take much risks.
Rüdiger immediately began to play a lot and eventually revealed his potential. Under Thomas Tuchel, the German defender has turned into a Premier League star, but a new problem has arisen. Chelsea wanted to extend the contract with the leader of the defense, and he demanded significantly better conditions. The parties never came to an agreement, and this summer Rudiger left for Real for free.
Centre-back: David Luiz – €35,000,000
Transfer: from PSG in the summer of 2016.
What is the result: became the champion and went to Arsenal.
It’s about the second coming of Louis to Chelsea. The first ended with a transfer to PSG in 2014 for €49.5 million. And in 2016, the Brazilian defender unexpectedly returned to London and immediately staked out a place in Antonio Conte’s squad. In the first season, Chelsea won the championship with the active participation of Luis.
At the end of the triumphant season, David turned 30 years old, and the football player began to slowly take over. As a result, in the summer of 2019, Louis left for Arsenal for € 8.7 million.
Centre-back: Kalidou Koulibaly – €38,000,000
Transfer: from Napoli in the summer of 2022.
What is the result: loading…
And here is the first newcomer to this list. Koulibaly has long shown that he is able to perform at a high level, but did not move to a top club at the peak – Napoli simply refused to let him go. And this summer, when it seemed that the Senegalese defender would remain in Italy for the rest of his career, Kalidou suddenly found himself at Chelsea, who urgently needed to strengthen the center of defense.
Koulibaly has already made his debut for Chelsea. In the 1st round of the Premier League, he started the winning match with Everton (1: 0), but in the 75th minute he was injured and went to rest.
Left Back: Marc Cucurella – €60,300,000
Transfer: from Brighton in the summer of 2022.
What is the result: loading…
And another newbie. Cucurella played for a long time in his homeland, in Spain, and last summer he moved to Brighton and opened up for real. Before the new season, Mark was expected at Manchester City, but Chelsea got involved and intercepted the defender. Feel the difference: a year ago Cucurella was paid €18 million, and now it is more than €60 million.
Cucurella also made his Chelsea debut against Everton. Moreover, he entered the field just instead of Koulibaly.
Central midfielder: Mateo Kovacic – €45,000,000
Transfer: from Real Madrid in the summer of 2019.
What is the result: still in the team and often starts.
Kovacic played well at Real Madrid, but breaking into the main squad, where Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were lit, was almost impossible. Despite this, many were surprised that in the summer of 2018, Madrid let Mateo go to Chelsea on loan with a subsequent buyout for € 45 million. A year later, the London club successfully signed a full-fledged contract with the Croatian midfielder.
At Chelsea, Kovacic plays a lot, except for the periods when he is recovering from injuries. He is still on the team.
Central midfielder: Jorginho – €57,000,000
Transfer: from Napoli in the summer of 2018.
What is the result: turned into a contender for the Golden Ball and is still playing.
Jorginho opened up at Napoli with Maurizio Sarri as a point guard, so when the Italian coach took charge of Chelsea, the player immediately ended up in London. The midfielder reached his peak last year: the Italian team won the Euro, and Jorginho finished third in voting for the Golden Ball.
Jorginho is also still in business and appears in the first team of Chelsea in almost all matches. True, last season he had a recession. Apparently, there will be a white stripe further.
Attacking midfielder: Christian Pulisic – €64,000,000
Transfer: from Borussia Dortmund in the winter of 2019.
What is the result: still in the team, but injuries prevent him from opening up.
Pulisic sparkled at Borussia Dortmund in the 2016/2017 season. By 2019, it seemed that the winger had stagnated, but Chelsea saw otherwise and enriched the Dortmund club. In addition, Christian stayed in Germany for six months on loan.
Pulisic is still playing at Chelsea and hasn’t failed statistically, but there’s a problem: injuries. Due to injuries of varying severity, Christian missed 44 matches in three years. There is a feeling that Pulisic still has not revealed his potential.
Attacking midfielder: Kai Havertz – €80,000,000
Transfer: from Bayer in the summer of 2020.
What is the result: plays at the base of Chelsea and decides at the right moment.
Two years ago, Havertz was one of the most promising young players in Europe. Many top clubs wanted the German midfielder, but Chelsea did the best. In the first season in England, Kai needed time to adapt, and after the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, he finally found a place on the field. Havertz became a striker and scored the only goal in the Champions League final win against Manchester City.
Last season was Havertz’s best at Chelsea. While Romelu Lukaku (who we’ll talk about later) was not impressive, Kai showed class in attack. 14 + 4 on “goal + pass” is an excellent statistic for a nominal midfielder.
Forward: Alvaro Morata – €66,000,000
Transfer: from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.
What is the result: failed, but left for solid money.
And here is one of the main failures of Chelsea. At Real Madrid, Morata mostly came on as a substitute, but regularly scored. In London, they decided that Alvaro was an excellent replacement for Diego Costa, whom Antonio Conte kicked out of the squad, despite previous merits. The idea turned out to be unsuccessful: Morata started great, but then he stopped converting his chances and quickly turned into a laughing stock. The striker tried to return and even changed the damned number 9 – all in vain.
In fairness, Chelsea was still able to sell Morata for solid money. In January 2019, Alvaro left for Atlético on loan for €18 million, and a year and a half later, the Madrid club bought out his contract, sending another €35 million to the Londoners’ account.
Forward: Romelu Lukaku – €113,000,000
Transfer: from Inter in the summer of 2021.
What is the resulte: failed and a year later went on loan.
Probably the biggest transfer failure in Chelsea’s history, given the amount spent. The still very young Lukaku arrived in London in 2011 and did not gain a foothold. And 10 years later he returned in the status of one of the best strikers on the planet, and even for record money for the club. It would seem that what could go wrong? Everything.
15 goals in a season is a shameful statistic, but not for a football player bought for € 113 million. Lukaku never got used to the Tuchel system, but this is not the only problem: in the middle of the season, the Belgian gave a scandalous interview to Italian journalists in which he admitted that he was dreaming back to Inter. And so it happened – this summer, Romelu went to Milan on loan for € 8 million.
Top 10 most expensive Chelsea signings of all time:
|No.||football player||When did you come||Where||Amount of compensation|
|one||Romelu Lukaku||Season-2021/2022||“Inter”||€ 113 million|
|2||Kai Havertz||Season-2020/2021||Bayer||€ 80 million|
|3||Kepa Arrizabalaga||Season-2018/2019||“Athletic”||€ 80 million|
|four||Alvaro Morata||Season-2017/2018||“Real”||€ 66 million|
|5||Mark Cucurella||Season-2022/2023||“Brighton”||€ 65.3 million|
|6||Christian Pulisic||Season-2018/2019||“Borussia Dortmund||€ 64 million|
|7||Fernando Torres||Season-2010/2011||“Liverpool”||€ 58.5 million|
|eight||Jorginho||Season-2018/2019||Napoli||€ 57 million|
|9||Raheem Sterling||Season-2022/2023||“Manchester city”||€ 56.2 million|
|ten||Timo Werner||Season-2020/2021||“RB Leipzig”||€ 53 million|