Chelsea most expensive signings ever

Sat 07 November 2020 | 14:30

After the shopping spree the Blues went through in the summer of 2020, it is time we got to reanalyze the list of Chelsea’s all-time most expensive signings. Follow us below as we name some of the most expensive Chelsea transfers of all time.

They say that money does not bring happiness, and in football, it does not bring success. But clubs such as


are living and present examples that prove this theory wrong, as the club have turned into one of the best clubs in both domestic and continental football since their acquisition by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003.

With the money injected to the club, they have been able to win some of the most prestigious trophies and titles available in the last two decades, including: 5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 3 EFL Cups, 1

Champions League

trophy, 2 Europa League trophies and two Community Shields. Of course winning none of these would have been possible if it were not for the arrival of some of the

most expensive signings in Chelsea history

, who helped the team rise to the top in England and Europe’s top-flight.

Many of the players on the list of Chelsea most expensive transfers ever arrived at the club in the 2000s, but the blank cheque Frank Lampard got from Abramovich has reshuffled the deck, with many new players coming to the club with much higher transfer fees, making them the most expensive Chelsea signings ever. Let us get to see who these players are and what impact have they had at their new club.

Most expensive Chelsea signings ever

First, let us have a look at the list of

Chelsea’s all-time most expensive signings


  • Didier Drogba - €38.5 million

  • Hakim Zieych - €40 million

  • Andriy Shevchenko - €44 million

  • Mateo Kovacic - €45 million

  • Ben Chilwell - €50 million

  • Timo Werner - €53 million

  • Jorgniho - €57 million

  • Fernando Torres - €58 million

  • Christian Pulisic - €64 million

  • Alvaro Morata - €66 million

  • Kepa Arrizabalaga - €80 million

  • Kai Havertz - €80 million

Which of the older arrivals do you believe to have been a success at the club? Which of the new arrivals do you think will be successful at their new club? Let us take a closer look at their overall performances.

Didier Drogba

  • Price: €38.5M

Some might have forgotten about what football is truly about and what impact it has on the lives of those other than players themselves. Didier Drogba, on the other hand, has been a symbol of peace and friendship both during and after his footballing days. His humanitarian efforts helped calm the people of his country, stopping a civil war. This is what should be called an achievement, but not every footballer has got the chance to stop a civil war. That is why experts rate players based on their work and results on the pitch.

Drogba became one of the most expensive signings in Chelsea history after completing a €38.5 million worth move from

Olympique Marseille

back in 2004. He was one of the first stars to arrive in London after the club’s acquisition by its new Russian owner. With this move, the Ivory Coast icon turned into a legend of a player at the

Premier League

side as he went on to make more than 380 appearances for the club, scoring a total of 164 goals and providing 86 assists in the process.

As one of Chelsea’s all-time most expensive signings, Didier Drogba was present for almost all of the Blues’ success in recent times, helping his club achieve many of the said trophies and titles throughout the years. He also proved to be one of the most prolific and lethal strikers of his time as he became Chelsea’s fourth-highest goal-scorer of all time. We might have to wait a while to see another player with such a quality, who impresses everyone both on and off the pitch.

Hakim Ziyech

  • Price: €40M

Next on our list of

most expensive Chelsea transfers of all time

is the Moroccan attacking-midfielder Hakim Ziyech, who has only recently joined Frank Lampard’s squad in the summer of 2020. We must applaud Marina Granovskaia, the club’s ‘Iron Lady’ for her negotiation strategies and tactics as she has been able to broker deals to bring in high-quality players such as Hakim Zieych to Chelsea for such low prices.

Of course €40 million is still a hefty price to pay for a player, but considering how other clubs tend to spend hundreds of millions of Euros on a single player, we get to understand what a bargain Ziyech has been. As one of the most expensive signings in


history, the expectations are quite high of the new arrival, as he must show that he was worth all the money spent to acquire his services.

Since leaving


to join Blues this summer, Ziyech has made 6 appearances for his new club, scoring 2 goals and providing an assist in the process, which is quite a fine performance by the Moroccan. But these stats are not enough to properly judge his performance at the club and we need to see how he performs from now on to finally reach a conclusion at the end of his first season in England.

Andriy Shevchenko

  • Price: €44M

Not many players are good enough to be considered as a contender for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, yet alone win the most prestigious individual award in the world. But Andriy Shevchenko was undoubtedly worthy of not only being considered on the list of potential winner, but also winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2004 as the third Ukrainian to ever win the award.

AC Milan

was the club at which the Ukrainian truly shined with his outstanding performances, proving to be one of the world’s most lethal strikers with 175 goals in 322 appearances across all competitions. Aside from scoring a plethora of goals, Shevchenko also managed to provide 45 assists during his time at AC Milan, which surely further helped the club during their campaign.

After becoming one of the best players in the world by winning the Ballon d’Or award in 2004, Andriy Shevchenko completed one of the most expensive Chelsea transfers of all time by moving to the Premier League side for reportedly €44 million, breaking the record for the most expensive player signed by an English club at the time.

His time at Chelsea was not as legendary and iconic as before, however, as he went on to make 77 appearances for the Blues, scoring 22 goals and providing 11 assists in the process, spending much of his time on the sidelines due to various injuries. Not only did these injuries affect his play time at Chelsea, but they also affected his overall quality as not even a loan-move back to AC Milan, nor a final move back to

Dynamo Kyiv

could save his career, as he finally hung up his boots in 2012 after a long and successful career.

Mateo Kovacic

  • Price: €45M

Mateo Kovacic is the next player on our list of Chelsea most expensive transfers ever, who joined Frank Lampard’s team in 2019 for €44 million. Of course he had joined the Blues a season prior on loan from

Real Madrid

. He was once believed to be the heir to Luka Modric’s throne in Los Blancos’ midfield as he had shown signs of his high potential before and after joining the Spanish giants.

It seems that even being on the bench at big clubs helps a player fill his trophy cabinet with significant trophies and awards, which is exactly what helped Kovacic add three Champions League trophies, alongside two UEFA Super Cups, 3 FIFA Club World Cups and a

La Liga

title to his cabinet in the years he spent at Real Madrid.

After impressing on his loan spell in 2018, Kovacic got to have his name on the list of Chelsea most expensive signings ever and quickly turned into an integral part of his side’s starting XI, making more than 45 appearances for the London-based club. But he has not seen much of a game time since the new signings have arrived in the summer, many of which are capable of playing in the midfield.

This has definitely made things more difficult for the Croatian as he has to fight for his place in the starting XI. Otherwise, it will turn out to be an experience similar to the one he had in the Spanish capital with Real Madrid. We will have to wait and see if one of the

most expensive Chelsea signings ever

manages to turn the tides and become a vital part of his team once again.

Ben Chilwell

  • Price: €50M

Ben Chilwell

is England’s future star left-back who will be competing with the likes of

Ryan Sessegnon

for his position in the national team’s starting XI. His outstanding performances and fine form led to market value rising literally every month since 2018 starting at €3 million. His market value has since skyrocketed recently, reaching an eye watering €50 million, which was the price the Blues paid to bring him to Stamford Bridge this season.

After completing one of Chelsea most expensive transfers ever, one might expect that a player should be the shining star of his team, but football players are also humans and need time to adapt and finally realize their potential. That is why 9 appearances for Chelsea in total are not enough to judge his performance at his new club. But with the things we have seen from the young talent at his former club Leicester City, we are surely going to see a lot from the English left-back.

Timo Werner

  • Price: €53M

Not only is Timo Werner one of

Chelsea most expensive signings ever

, but he is also one of the club’s more exciting arrivals this season. This is due to the German striker’s extraordinary performance last season at

RB Leipzig

, where he managed to score a total of 28 goals in 34 Bundesliga games in 2019/20 alone. His overall performance for the German club has also been outstanding as he has scored an impressive 95 goals and provided a further 40 assists in only 159 games across all competitions.

Werner’s impressive form at his former club convinced Frank Lampard and the board of directors to match his market value in order to bring him to London, which put his transfer fee on the list of


highest transfer fee paid ever. This status would certainly bring a lot of expectations from any player at any position, but the pressure could sometimes be more on a striker since scoring goals is literally the main objective in a game.

Werner has managed to adapt to his surroundings and his teammates pretty quick and has been able to show a glimpse of his true potential in several games, scoring 7 goals and providing 3 assists in 11 games, which is frankly not bad at all. But once again, we might add that to judge a player’s performance fairly, much more time is needed and a couple of good or bad games are not enough to jump into a conclusion.


  • Price: €57M

Yet another one of the players whose market value soared all of a sudden with a series of fine performances. Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, shortly known as Jorginho has been an up and coming midfielder in recent years, proving to be an important asset at any team he plays for. Jorginho’s career as a professional football player changed all of a sudden as he took a big step by moving to


in 2014 to play for one of the best teams in Italy and stand on the stage alongside Europe’s most elite.

The Italian midfielder became one of

Chelsea most expensive signings ever

after completing a €57 million move away from the Italian giants to the English side. With this move, which put his name on the list of Chelsea highest transfer fee paid ever, Jorginho’s market value more than doubled in one day and even rose up to €60 million. He has been able to become an integral part of Chelsea’s squad as he made more than 95 appearances since he joined the club in 2018.

The Italy international has seen less game time this season due to new arrivals who are also midfielders. He even lost his position as the main penalty taker to the new signing Timo Werner. But Lampard seems to be experimenting with his squad to figure out which XI is the best and most suitable one for their difficult campaigns in both the

Premier League

and the Champions League.  We will have to wait and see if Jorginho manages to retain his position in the middle of the park or not.

Fernando Torres

  • Price: €58.5M

When people talk about Fernando Torres, they usually remember him as a


or even an Atletico Madrid player, as few people think about his time at Chelsea. The reason behind this gap in the middle of his career is his quite mediocre performance at the London based club.

After Abramovich paid one of

Chelsea highest transfer fee paid ever

, everyone was expecting one of Liverpool’s most prolific strikers to shine at his new club and help them win various trophies. But that was not the case with the Spaniard, as he managed to a couple of goals here and there which did not seem to suffice.

What is interesting is that Torres has actually managed to become one of Chelsea most expensive signings ever and one of Liverpool’s most expensive signings as well, which is something we do not see often. But being on such lists does not help anyone, nor does it guarantee a successful career at a club. Of course the Spanish icon did in fact manage to turn things around a little bit, as he scored some crucial goals for his club, including a dramatic late winner against

Manchester City

in 2013.

After spending almost three seasons with The Blues, Fernando Torres, one of Chelsea most expensive signings ever left for

AC Milan

for a price of €1 million, which shows how much the great icon had fallen at the time. Even though he did not get to repeat his true form and feats at Chelsea, the 2010 World Cup winner did leave the club with three major trophies under his belt, which included a Champions League Trophy, an FA Cup and a Europa League trophy.

Christian Pulisic

  • Price: €64M

The United States have been investing in football, or soccer as they call it, for quite a while now, with their Women’s National Team being the most successful in the world with 4 World Cups. These investments seem to have paid off as many young Americans are appearing in Europe to make a name for themselves. One such young and quite talented American is Christian Pulisic, who became one of

Chelsea most expensive signings ever

after his move from

Borussia Dortmund

to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of €64 million in 2019.

Pulisic’s special versatility has allowed him to play at almost any position in the middle and in the frontlines, which is a trait any manager would certainly welcome and cherish. While the 22-year-old seems to be more comfortable on the right wing, he has been used on the left wing or as an attacking midfielder quite a lot of times as well, which shows that not only is he comfortable at playing in those areas, but he is also quite good at it

Just like Borussia Dortmund’s other prospects such as Ousmane Dembele, who moved to


for a staggering €130 million, Pulisic seems to be injury-prone, which is a curse some have to live with. His injuries have kept the American talent on the sidelines for quite a number of games as he has been able to make 39 appearances for The Blues. Of course as one of Chelsea most expensive signings ever, his performance has not been bad at all as he has score 12 goals while providing a further 10 assists in those 39 appearances.

We shall see where his career choices and efforts in training take the young talent, as the competition has gotten much fiercer than before thanks to the arrival of many new faces in 2020.

Alvaro Morata

  • Price: €66M

Alvaro Morata has played for some of the best teams in the world, but has never been able to settle in at any of those clubs. His career started at a club where almost all of the joining players tend to be at their peak rather than the beginning of their careers. That is why Morata found it difficult to find his place in the starting XI for a long time and was finally sold to


in 2014.

His impressive performance with the Italian giants made Real Madrid regret their decision to let him go, as they decided to get him back to the club once again. Morata managed to score 15 goals in 26 La Liga appearances and landed himself a move to the Premier League. He became one of Chelsea most expensive signings ever by moving to London for €66 million, which is a hefty price to pay for someone who only played 72 games and scored 24 goals while adding 6 assists to his name.

He has recently moved back to Juventus on loan from

Atletico Madrid

in hopes of finding his best form once again. It seems like he made the right choice as the Spanish striker has been on top form since joining the Italian giants.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

  • Price: €80M

Kepa’s name was put on the list of Chelsea most expensive signings ever after he came in as a ‘panic-buy’ replacement for Thibaut Courtois who had just made his dream move to Real Madrid. It shocked the world when the Spaniard made the move from

Athletic Bilbao

to Chelsea for €80 million and became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. Of course he had a great season with his former club prior to his move to Chelsea, but many doubted that he was actually worth that much.

Unfortunately for the young goalkeeper, he was not able to prove his doubter wrong, as now his transfer market value stands at only €18 million. Kepa’s performance at Stamford Bridge has been so terrible that not only did Frank Lampard bring in Edouard Mendy as the new goalkeeper, but he also called up former Chelsea legend Petr Cech out of retirement and included him in the team’s Premier League squad list.

It has certainly been a tough situation to get out of, but the 26-year-old still has time to turn the tides to his favor by putting extra effort in training and in official matches. We can only wait and see if Kepa manages to finally triumph as one of Chelsea most expensive signings ever and of course prove that he was worth becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

Kai Havertz

  • Price: €80M

Germany have always introduced some of the best midfielders in football to the world, with German young talents coming of age every year to join some of the best teams in Europe. One such young talent is Kai Havertz, who became one of Chelsea most expensive signings ever after his €80 million move away from

Bayer Leverkusen

to the Premier League side.

The 21-year-old is brilliantly versatile and is able to play at different key positions, including the midfield and the wings. His impressive run of form at the German side helped him score 46 goals and provide a further 31 assists in 150 games, which is absolutely amazing for such a young attacking midfielder. That is why Lampard persuaded Abramovich to put havertz’s name on top of the list of


most expensive signings ever.

His performance at his new club is also something to keep in mind as he has managed to keep his impressive form from last season, scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists in 10 games. It is certainly good news for the fans to see their young star shine so brightly, but only time will tell if he continues his phenomenal performance in the future or not.

These were some of players on the list of Chelsea most expensive signings ever. There is no doubt that this list will soon change in the coming years, as the Blues plan on conquering the Premier League and the Champions League once again. Until that day, however, these names will be remembered as the ones who cost Chelsea the most money.




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