10 most expensive signings by Chelsea
Roman Abramovich embarked a football revolution at Stamford Bridge when he took over as Chelsea owner in 2003.The Russian billionaire, who was only 37 at the time when he bought the club, had one aim - to convert Chelsea into a European giant at par with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid.
And thus, began the Roman Empire at The Bridge. Greatness would not come without money, though. The ambitious Russian was ready to spend a fortune in search of creating a football dynasty in West London. He signed fantastic players, often at exorbitant costs, who would give him success throughout the course of his reign. Some players, in the form of an Adrian Mutu or Andriy Shevchenko, would flop in London. Abramovich would then take out some more from his deep, oil-money pockets and continue buying players (and change managers) in his search for European greatness.
Chelsea have had some of the most expensive signings in football history over the years in their quest for EPL and Champions League success. They finally won the Champions League in 2012, and though the free spending has reduced because of FFP, it hasn’t stopped Abramovich from buying star players to expand his reign.
Here, we look at the ten most expensive signings ever by Chelsea (The source is Transfermarkt.com. The fees includes add-ons and is also adjusted for inflation):
#10. Cesc Fabregas; €33m
Spaniard Cesc Fabregas returned to London in 2014, after three years at Barcelona, for a reported fee of €33 million. However, it was not Arsenal, where he was captain and had become one of the best midfielders in the world, but Chelsea who made sure that the playmaker’s future was at Stamford Bridge.
Cesc had become increasingly unsettled at Camp Nou and 20 minutes was all it took Mourinho to convince Fabregas into joining Chelsea who was earlier rejected by Arsenal who did not activate his buy-back clause.
The signing proved to be a perfect buy for the Blues as Fabregas was the clock which kept the Chelsea midfield ticking in their way to the Premier League title in 2015. Cesc had made 18 assists by the end of the season as Chelsea romped through to the Premier League title. There was a steep decline in form the next season leading to the worst ever Premier League title defence in history and the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho in December. However, at the end of the season, Cesc picked himself up and now will look to impress new manager Antonio Conte to cement a place in the Chelsea starting line-up.