Chelsea FC transfer news
Ever since Roman Abramovich first bought and took charge of the club in 2003, Chelsea fans have become accustomed to making exciting, big-money transfer signings.
Indeed, the latter stages of the Noughties were dominated by news of Chelsea signings. In the days before Manchester City became mega-rich, it was the Blues who dominated the transfer market and were able to outspend all of their rivals. If a transfer window was open, you could guarantee the question that everyone was asking was: “Who will Chelsea sign?”
Didier Drogba arrived from Marseille for £24m in 2004, and Chelsea signed Michael Essien from Lyon for £24.4m a year later. Even Blackburn Rovers’ Damien Duff commanded a fee of £17m when he joined the club the month after Abramovich’s takeover.
Although the Russian billionaire’s stated intent upon buying the Blues was to produce homegrown talent that would reduce his need to dip into the transfer market to the extent, that hasn’t really materialised as yet – although there are some talented youngsters in the current youth sides – and the Chelsea signings have continued to flow.
Even when Chelsea have attempted to tighten their belt slightly, poor results or underachievement on the pitch have always encouraged more transfers, and usually very expensive ones.
The most high profile, and least successful, of these was the £50m signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011. The Spaniard never found his feet after signing for Chelsea and is almost universally acknowledged as one of the worst transfer flops of all time.
The Blues have continued to spend, with Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis among Chelsea’s new signings.
Indeed, many of the expensive signings of the early Abramovich years have been pushed well down the list of Chelsea’s most expensive signings to be replaced by the likes of Willian (£25.5m from Anzhi Makhachkala), Eden Hazard (£32m from Lille), Oscar (£25m from Internacional) and, of course, the aforementioned Torres, who remains Chelsea’s record signing.
This considerable track record of spending money in the summer transfer window, and often the January transfer window, too, means the there are always plenty of Chelsea transfer rumours flying around. And there is plenty of appetite for all the latest Chelsea gossip, with Blues bans eager to find out the latest players being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
In both of his stints in charge, manager Jose Mourinho has been given plenty of money to shape the squad as he saw fit. Particularly since his return to the club, Mourinho has made it clear where he felt there were deficiencies in the squad and in which positions the club would need to make new signings. Over the course of his tenure, the Blues have gone out to strengthen each of the perceived weaknesses and have spent big to land the players Mourinho wanted.
Chelsea FC transfer news also inevitably relates to outgoing players. The Blues assembled an array of young talent over recent years and it is impossible to bring all of them into the first-team. That means there are often rumours about which players Chelsea will be selling or allowing to leave the club on loan.