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Ranking Chelsea's 5 best transfer windows

Chelsea have had their fair share of good transfer windows, and here we attempt to rank 5 of the best such windows

Top 5 / Top 10 08 Jan 2018, 17:19 IST

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The January transfer window is here and the rumour mill is shaking off its winter blues and picking up the heat. Chelsea, on one hand, are going about their business silently as they learnt from their mistakes from the summer window, to act fast and sign up Ross Barkley for a fee of £15 million.

Antonio Conte still has his qualms about the support that he is getting from the board in the transfer market and that is the only issue that is stopping this year from being a great one at Stamford Bridge.

Over the years though, Chelsea have had some great transfer windows which helped the club in either winning titles or in establishing Chelsea as a footballing powerhouse in England and Europe.

Let us have a look at few of those seasons(summer and winter windows combined) which saw important and iconic players don the royal blue jersey and cement their place in Stamford Bridge folklore.

Honourable mentions:

1948-1949: Roy Bentley moved from Newcastle to Chelsea in a £12,500 transfer after his doctor suggested him to move to the south of England as a remedy for his lung problems. He would then lead Chelsea to their first English League title in 1955 and finish his career with 150 goals, level with the legendary Peter Osgood.

2007-2008: Although it remained a turbulent season for Chelsea with the sacking of Jose Mourinho, and the Champions League final shootout loss to Manchester United, the season saw Florent Malouda(summer) along with Nicolas Anelka and Branislav Ivanovic(winter) move to London. They would soon go on to win a league title in 2010, under Carlo Ancelotti.

1995-1996: The year of the 'Foreign Revolution' saw Ballon d'Or winner Ruud Gullit, Manchester United legend Mark Hughes and the Romanian full-back Dan Petrescu move to Chelsea. This was the beginning of a new era at the club with Ruud Gullit becoming a very important figure in the club's history, as it began its journey to become the global brand that it is now.

#5 The arrival of Roman Abramovic (2003-2004)

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Makalele(R) was one of the first signings of the Abramovic era

Roman Abramovic did not waste any time in showing his intentions towards making Chelsea a force to reckon with, by spending over £150 million in his first season as the owner. Claudio Ranieri went ahead and bought players like Hernan Crespo, Damien Duff, Claude Makélélé, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge and Glen Johnson to name a few.

Although Crespo did not live up to his transfer fee and the expectation from the fans, players like Duff, Makelele and Cole quickly became the spine of the new look Chelsea. Makelele, in hindsight, was a shrewd piece of business as he was bought from Real Madrid at a time when he was deemed surplus to requirement at the Spanish club.

He silenced his critics by becoming the best in the world in his position to a point that the central defensive midfield position is named after him now.

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