Top 10 Chelsea most expensive signings ever
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Top 10 Chelsea most expensive signings ever.

Who is the Chelsea most expensive signings ever? So who are the most expensive signings in Chelsea history? And who are the most expensive Chelsea transfers? 

Transfer fees have gone a bit crazy in the past few years. Paul Pogba going to Manchester United for £100 million and Neymar to PSG for £200 million both come to mind. So, with the recently inflated transfer market values- which players have been signed by Chelsea for massive fees? Here we take a look at who are the Chelsea most expensive signings ever. Lets have a look at the list of Chelsea most expensive signings

Latest Chelsea signings: Chelsea most expensive signings

Although the January transfer window was quiet for the Blues, we have now hit back with a bang. The signing of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech has been announced by Chelsea. An amount of €40m plus €4m in add-ons will be paid to Ajax who will keep the winger till the end of the season, letting Ziyech join Chelsea in the summer of 2020.

List of Chelsea most expensive signings

Chelsea have signed some great players in the past- Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata all come to mind. But which players have been the most expensive? Well have a look below to find out which Chelsea players have been the most expensive signings ever.

Top 10 Chelsea most expensive signings ever

Chelsea most expensive signings ever Alvaro Morata

Chelsea FC Highest transfer fee paid ever?

Well Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive Chelsea signing after his £71.5 million move from Atletic Bilbao to The Blues in 2018.

Name From Fee Year
1 Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Bilbao £71,600,000 2018
2 Álvaro Morata Real Madrid £59,000,000 2017
Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund £58,000,000 2019
4 Jorginho Napoli £57,000,000 2018
5 Fernando Torres Liverpool £50,000,000 2011
6 Hakim Ziyech Ajax £40,000,000 ( + add ons) 2020
7 Tiémoué Bakayoko Monaco £40,000,000 2017
Mateo Kovačić Real Madrid £40,000,000 2019
9 Danny Drinkwater Leicester City £35,000,000 2017
10 David Luiz Paris Saint-Germain £34,000,000 2016

Chelsea most expensive signings: Who are the most memorable?

Fernando Torres is now the fifth most expensive Chelsea signing ever but he was the first one to break the £50 million mark for Chelsea. Chelsea signed the Spaniard from Liverpool in 2011 for £50 million. However, most fans and pundits consider Torres to have been a massive flop. But although he didn’t score many goals for Chelsea, he did score a few important ones in the Champions League- Does his goal in the Barcelona Semi final Champions League come to mind?

It’s interesting that the sixth and eight most Chelsea expensive signings ever are Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater. Both have done little to help Chelsea in the 2017/18 season and most fans consider Bakayoko as a huge flop. The French midfielder has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and has thus been dropped from the first team in recent weeks. He spent successful six months at AC Milan last season, but then unexpectedly returned at Chelsea. He was then again loaned back to his former club Monaco.

Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is hardly a world class player. It’s funny that he’s in the Top 10 list of most expensive Chelsea signing ever. He ended 2019 on loan at Burnely, but has again returned in Lampard’s side.

Chelsea most expensive signings ever – Kepa Arrazibalaga

Top 10 Chelsea most expensive signings ever

Chelsea were hit hard last summer when their star goalkeeper and World Cup’s golden glove winner Thibaut Courtois went to war with the club to leave for Real Madrid. However, Chelsea were able to find a replacement, albeit for a club record fee.

Young Kepa did well in first season here at Chelsea, but he has somewhat stagnated during the second one. There is still lot of room for improvement.

Chelsea FC Most expensive signings 2018 Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata is Chelsea’s second most expensive transfer. After scoring only 24 goals in 72 games, he was loaned out to Atletico Madrid before they finally signed him permanently in January 2019.

Alvaro Morata was born in Madrid and signed for Real Madrid in 2008 from Getafe CF. Morata had played for Atletico Madrid and Getafe as a youth player. After performing well for the Real Madrid C team, Morata was promoted to the B team.

Morata moved to Juventus in 2014 and scored 15 goals in 63 appearances. Not a great return for a striker.

Then, he moved back to Real Madrid after they opted to exercise his buy-back clause.  Morata then had a great season with them. Morata scored 15 goals in 26 appearances.

Chelsea most expensive signings ever – Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is the fifth most expensive Chelsea signing ever. Chelsea signed the Spaniard from Liverpool in 2011 for £50 million. Most fans and pundits, however, consider Torres to have been a huge flop. But although he didn’t score many goals for Chelsea , he did score a few important ones in the Champions League. Including THAT goal against Barcelona.

Rest of the signings

The rest of the signings are pretty self explanatory. In my opinion, the best and most valuable signings we’ve made were the signings of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard. Both were relatively cheap- compared to the current transfer market values. They had been the two best players at the club in recent years, before Hazard moved to Real Madrid in summer 2019. The fact we signed two world class players for £64 million combined is quite a coup for the club.

Chelsea Transfer ban

Chelsea are free to make signings in January after their two-window transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an announcement confirmed in December 2019.

Chelsea were initially sanctioned by FIFA in February 2019 after breaching article 19 of its regulations on the status and transfer of players, which concerns the protection of minors. The club were also found to have breached article 18, concerning third-party influence. The Blues lodged an appeal in April before documents released by Fifa in October revealed its appeals committee found that the club had breached regulations on 150 occasions.

However, CAS’ verdict reduced the initial ban to the one window already served by the club in January, meaning Frank Lampard is now free to invest in his squad in January 2020.




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