In the last decade or so, Chelsea have spent quite a lot of money to challenge for the Premier League and European honours. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's initial motive was to rope in some of the best players and challenge for the domestic honours. But in Jose Mourinho, he had a manager who wanted to go toe to toe with the European heavyweights.
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Though Chelsea failed to win the Champions League under the Portuguese, they finally ended the wait for their maiden UEFA Champions League title in 2012 when they beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena under Roberto Di Matteo. The squad had the likes of Fernando Torres, David Luiz and Didier Drogba who were signed for big money in the previous years.
Of late, the tide has turned in the Manchester clubs' favour, but Chelsea still have the capability to sign some of the top players like they showed last summer. You can't really get the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri to manage your club without giving them the backing in the transfer market, can you?
At the start of the summer this season, Chelsea acquired the services of Maurizio Sarri, who came off the back of a very positive stint with Napoli in the Serie A. Soon after the announcement of the manager, Chelsea signed Sarri's key midfielder in Napoli, Jorginho in a deal worth £57mn. Robert Green arrived on a free transfer to support new first team goalkeeper, Kepa, signed from Athletic Bilbao for a record transfer fee of £71m. Talented playmaker, Mateo Kovacic, signed on loan from Real Madrid rounded up the transfer incomings of the summer.
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