Five Most Expensive Signings by Chelsea FC

Updated on July 7, 2020
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An avid Premier League fan since he was 8. His hobby is to tape football matches and keenly follow players.

Chelsea FC have something of a problem with spending big bucks on players. Four of the five most expensive players have done little to help to the Blues and have been something of a bane for the club.

But the manager, Frank Lampard, has been impressed with the backing he received from the owner Roman Abramovich and feels that the statement signings show Abramovich's commitment to the club.

With the big acquisitions under the Roman Abramovich era, the Blues boss believes that this would send out a statement of intent to compete at the highest level once again.

So, let us look at the five most expensive Chelsea signings.

1. Kepa - €80 million

Spending close to €80 million says something for the increased importance of goalkeepers in the modern game. Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta is the most expensive signing at Stamford Bridge after his move from Atletic Bilbao to the Blues in 2018.


The young goalkeeper performed well in first season, but he has somewhat stagnated during subsequent seasons. While his performance in recent games has somewhat gone up, there is still room for improvement.

Let's cut to the chase, Kepa is no Thibaut Courtois.

It would be safe to say that Chelsea FC have been unable to find a perfect replacement for Courtois between the sticks even after splashing a huge amount on Kepa. He was even benched for a substantial period by the manager owing to a string of blunders.

He will be most remembered for his antics in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City with the Blues' former manager, Maurizio Sarri, during the 2019 League Cup final.

2. Alvaro Morata - €66 million

The Blues seem to spend big on Spaniards and Alvaro Morata is another Spaniard who makes it onto this list.

Chelsea FC signed the Real Madrid super-sub at the start of the 2017/18 season. He made his name during his time with Juventus and at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane. After the Blues sold Diego Costa, Abramovich splashed €66 million to acquire him from Real Madrid.


He was an alternative to Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian turned down a return to play for Manchester United. He scored and provided an assist in his first Premier League game against Burnley, but in a losing cause for the Blues.

The Spaniard started life at Stamford Bridge strongly with six goals in his first six Premier League games, but things quickly tailed off.

The Spanish international looked out of sorts for the most part of his Chelsea career and often found himself out of the starting XI of the club. He was criticized by both fans and media for his poor showings for the Blues and will mostly be remembered by the fans as another 'flop'.

The club's second most expensive player scored only 24 goals in 72 games and was loaned out to Atletico Madrid before they finally signed him permanently in January 2019.

3. Christian Pulisic - €64 million

Chelsea FC signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window of 2019, making him the third most expensive player in the history of the club.

The American international is regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in the world and the Blues wouldn't have to worry about splashing out €64 million for him, which is more than three times the previous record for an American player.


He is arguably the most successful player in this list swarmed by players unable to fulfil their potential.

There was a lot of pressure on him from the start as he was considered to be a replacement for Eden Hazard. He actually cut short his summer holidays to participate in the pre-season and impress the manager, Frank Lampard, which shows his perseverance and determination towards the sport. He is the youngest hat-trick scorer in Chelsea's history at the age of 21, completing a perfect hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Burnley.

This youngster has a bright future ahead. He has a flawless character and will do all he can in the coming years to contribute his big qualities to the squad and achieve Chelsea's sporting goals with his teammates.

4. Jorginho - €57 million

Maurizio Sarri made Jorginho the first signing at Stamford Bridge in 2018 by splashing a mammoth €57 million on the midfielder. He arrived at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation.


He repaid his faith by scoring in his very first Premier League game and recorded 186 touches two games later against Newcastle United, which is still a record for most touches in a Premier League game.

He excelled under the current Juventus boss and was the face of the Sarri-ball technique. He is a spot-kick specialist and has missed only two penalties in his entire professional career.

His risky and unconventional penalty shooting technique gives him a second split advantage over goalkeepers. After Sarri's departure, Lampard was soon appointed in the wake of the club’s transfer ban. With a reputation of providing ample opportunities to fledglings like Lewis Bate, Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu and playing attractive football, Jorginho’s place is under serious threat at the Stamford Bridge.

5. Fernando Torres - €50 million

Well, to no one's surprise, another Spaniard makes the list. Fernando Torres is now the fourth most expensive Chelsea player but he was the first one to break the €50 million mark at the Stamford Bridge.


Torres was arguably the deadliest striker in the world when the Blues paid a record transfer fee for him back then, but he failed to replicate his Liverpool form at Chelsea. He only managed a meagre 45 goals in 172 appearances for the Blues during his four-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

The knee injury had a huge impact on his career and had taken away much of what made him special. He was a huge flop barring a few important goals in the Champions League, most notably the famous goal at the Nou Camp that helped the Blues knock Barcelona out of the UCL.

He would easily make the list of players Chelsea FC shouldn't have signed in the first place. Later, Torres joined Serie A giants, A.C. Milan, on a two-year loan in 2014 and returned to his former club, Athletico Madrid, in 2015.

He played his last game for the J1 side Sagan Tosu in 2019 and announced his retirement. He may have had an abysmal career at Stamford Bridge but he still remains one of the greatest Spanish strikers to have graced this sport with his audacity and charisma.

Roman Abramovich changed the meaning of big spending when he took over Chelsea FC in 2003 with legendary signings like Hazard and Didier Drogba and hasn't exactly slowed down.


The Blues have signed at least one player for more than £20 million in every season since 2011 and the club owner hasn't been afraid to break the bank with the recently inflated transfer market value. With the transfer windows going a bit crazy in the past few years, Abramovich has made some effective value-for-money buys with a fair share of atrocious signings.


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