Abramovich’s most and least profitable millionaire signings at Chelsea

Almost two decades have passed since Roman Abramovich acquired Chelsea in June 2003. At that time, the Stamford Bridge tenants were a perennial team in European competitions, but they had not won the league title since 1955 and were carrying some debts. of 90 million euros. The Russian oligarch arrived ready to transform the history of the group blue.

Since he landed in London, Chelsea is the club that has spent the most money on transfers. More than 2,350 million euros have been invested in 490 incorporations with the aim of achieving football glory. And it has succeeded: tied with Manchester United, it is the most successful team in British football in the last 19 years. His record includes five Premier Leagues and the first two Champions of the blue showcases. However, the Abramovich era has come to an end: Chelsea is for sale due to the sanctions imposed on the tycoon as a result of the war in Ukraine.

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Some of the major money outlays served to bring in players who immediately carved a niche for themselves in Chelsea’s Olympus. Others performed at a level below expectations that did not justify the investment. These are ten of the most and least profitable millionaire signings of the Abramovich era.


Didier Drogba

€38.5 million (2004)

While John Terry, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelélé already roamed Stamford Bridge, it was in 2004 that the large contingent that would lead Chelsea to glory landed. Along with Drogba, the Portuguese Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira and Tiago Mendes, the Czech Petr Cech, the Brazilian Alex, the Dutch Arjen Robben and a new coach, José Mourinho, arrived. It was to arrive and kiss the saint: Chelsea won the League for the first time in 50 years.

10 goals served to approve the Ivorian’s first season at Chelsea, but expectations remained high. And he more than complied. Over eight years, he found the net 157 times and became a club legend. However, the great goal of winning the Champions League always eluded him. Until he arrived on May 19, 2012.

He appeared in the European Cup final at the age of 34, after playing his most discreet season since he settled at Stamford Bridge. But in the important moments, Drogba was very Drogba. He was not intimidated by Müller’s goal in the 83rd minute that put Bayern ahead and his was the equalizer with two minutes to go. After extra time, the penalty shootout was reached. He threw the fifth, scored it and gave Chelsea their first Champions League. He was named man of the match. This was the last shot of him as a player blueuntil he returned two years later to live a second youth.



eden danger

€35 million (2012)

Although it is hard to believe now, Hazard, in his stage blue he dazzled the world with the magic that he treasures in his feet. She was the star of league champions Lille in 2011, a performance that convinced Chelsea to sign him up. She looked like a 21-year-old future world star. The Belgian did not disappoint. 110 goals, 92 assists, two Premiers and two Europa Leagues are the summary of his career at Chelsea, where he concluded his stage in the summer of 2019 with a transfer to Real Madrid for 160 million euros.

N'Golo Kante


N’Golo Kante

€35.8 million (2016)

The player who does everything well. He doesn’t score many goals, he doesn’t ride bikes, he doesn’t make headlines, but he is one of the most important footballers in Chelsea’s recent history, if not the most. And on top of that he was cheap. In his debut season, he already helped win the Premier League. He shines as a pivot and as an interior. Regardless of his position, he neutralizes rival offenses and commands counterattacks. Although Havertz took the glory in the 2021 Champions League final, the award for best player went to the Frenchman.

Kai Havertz author of the only goal of the match


Kai Havertz

€80 million (2020)

The work did not stop in the Chelsea offices during the summer of 2020: Havertz, Werner, Ziyech, Mendy, Chilwell and Thiago Silva arrived. The signing of the former Bayer Leverkusen player was the most important investment, a large amount of 80 million, and perhaps that is why Havertz had a hard time starting. He did not finish feeling comfortable neither in the center of the field nor in the band. Until Tuchel’s arrival changed everything. He played closer to his natural position, the midfielder, and started fooling around with the ‘9’ position. But it was in the Champions League final that he changed his story. His was the goal that knocked down Manchester City and that gave Chelsea their second ‘orejona’.

Andri Shevchenko


Andri Shevchenko

€43.88 million (2006)

Abramovich had been longing for years to seize the services of the Ukrainian. He linked them with a friendship, but Milan had closed in band and was not willing to negotiate the departure of his Ballon d’Or, until ‘Sheva’ asked to leave. However, he arrived late in London. He had been playing at the highest level for a decade and was about to turn 30. He had been carrying an injury since before the World Cup and, to make matters worse, he was not a saint of José Mourinho’s devotion. The Ukrainian was forced to play on the wing. After 22 goals in three years, he ended up leaving for his home team, Dynamo Kyiv, for free.



Alvaro Morata

€66 million (2017)

Chelsea thought they had found a diamond in Morata. He had scored 20 goals the previous season, almost always coming off the bench. These figures justified making him the most expensive signing in the club’s history at that time, but the Madrid native was never the striker he dreamed of. He himself recognized that he stopped enjoying football in London. The lack of love was reciprocated and the blues They had no qualms about making the break public. Hours after confirming the striker’s transfer to Atlético in 2019, Chelsea announced the renewal of Loftus-Cheek: the tweet began with “more good news”.



Kepa Arrizabalaga

€80 million (2018)

The most expensive goalkeeper in history has conceded an average of 1.05 goals per game since he arrived at Stamford Bridge. His debut season was the best of his tour of London: he was the Premier League’s third goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. However, the defense blue She never felt safe with the Basque defending the three suits. Mendy has relegated him to the bench with the role of penalty specialist. In the last League Cup final, he came on in the 119th minute to play the shootout. However, he failed to stop any shots and, to make matters worse, a mistake of his from eleven meters condemned the team.

Romelu Lukaku


Romelu Lukaku

€113 million (2021)

The Belgian was 18 years old when he donned the blue jersey for the first time. With few opportunities, he had to pack his bags to play for Everton. From there he jumped to Manchester United and, later, to Inter; both operations closed by astronomical figures. He became one of the most fearsome strikers in the world. For this, Chelsea paid a lot of money for the prodigal son to return. However, so far, his performance does not meet expectations. 12 goals – only five in the Premier – in 34 games are the disappointing numbers of the Belgian striker, who misses Italy and who has even lost ownership in favor of a ‘false 9’ like Kai Havertz.

Fernando Torres


Fernando Torres

€58.5 million (2011)

“I could’nt believe it. I knew we had cheated Chelsea.” Jamie Carragher shared a dressing room with the man from Fuenlabrada for three and a half years, but he knew that the striker, in 2011, was “a shadow of himself”, as he acknowledged a decade later in sky sports. During his time at Liverpool, Torres became a lethal striker and one of the best players in the world. For this, Chelsea made him the most expensive Spaniard in history. However, with just 45 goals in 172 games, he did not justify the investment. After four seasons, he went to Milan for a million euros.

Kevin DeBruyne and Mohammed Salah


Kevin DeBruyne and Mohammed Salah

24.5 million euros between the two

Although they tiptoed through Stamford Bridge, two of the best players in the world today wore the Chelsea shirt early in their careers. In January 2012, Kevin De Bruyne, then 20, who had dazzled in his native Belgium, arrived in London. wore the t-shirt blue on nine occasions – with an assist on his debut – until, in the winter of 2014, Wolfsburg disbursed more than 20 million euros to acquire his services, a figure that doubled what Abramovich invested when signing him from Genk.

More prolific was Salah’s passage through the British capital. The Egyptian enjoyed his first European experience with Basel. In 2013, the Swiss club and Chelsea met in the semifinals of the Europa League. Although it was the English who qualified, Salah made his mark scoring a goal in the second leg. The paths of the two teams would cross again in the following Champions League. The winger was a nightmare: two goals and two wins for Basel. Mourinho wanted him in his team. In January 2014, his dream became a reality, although the 21-year-old Egyptian only played two half-seasons dressed in blue (19 games, two goals and four assists).