Chelsea did not always have the reputation of being a big spending club. The Blues earned that notoriety following Roman Abramovich’s purchase of the club in June of 2003. Since then, Chelsea has grown into one of the leading clubs in world football and mounted an impressive string of Premier League title challenges and Champions League appearances. Now, as one of Europe’s elite clubs, Chelsea is a rumored target for virtually every big name associated with a move to England.
During the Abramovich era, Chelsea has spent big on both players and managers, to varying degrees of success, in an effort to play attractive and winning football. The Blues have been involved in several notable transfer flops, including expensive moves for Fernando Torres and Andriy Shevchenko, but have found success via less expensive alternatives. This summer’s big purchases are already seeing dividends, and Diego Costa is already showing the promise of becoming a club legend.
Over their 109 year history, Chelsea has experienced their share of ups-and-downs. From the dark days of relegation in late 1980s to the overwhelming success of the last decade, Chelsea fans have packed into Stamford Bridge to voice their support for the players. From the days of Peter Osgood and Ray Wilkins to the current club legends like John Terry, Chelsea has been home to some of football’s biggest stars. Here are the best Chelsea transfers in their history.