Who are Chelsea’s record signings? Morata, Bakayoko, Hazard and the club’s top 10

Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich as the club’s owner, the Blues have spent big to deliver tangible reward at home and in European competition

As the first Premier League club to embrace the arrival of a billionaire owner, Chelsea have given Roman Abramovich’s bank account a bit of a battering down the years – but he can afford it and considerable expenditure has delivered tangible reward at home and in Europe. Who, though, are the club’s most elaborate purchases? Goal takes a look at the top 10…


Alvaro Morata Real Madrid

Six years after setting their transfer record with Fernando Torres, Chelsea shattered it by bringing Alvaro Morata in from Real Madrid.

The Spain international made a name for himself during a two-year spell at Juventus before Madrid bought him back last season. Morata made the most of his limited action there, scoring 15 La Liga goals in 26 appearances and just 14 starts.

Expected to be given a consistent starting place once more, Morata will aim to continue his ascent at Stamford Bridge.


Fernando Torres - Chelsea

The Blues smashed the British transfer record to bring a World Cup-winning striker to Stamford Bridge from Premier League rivals Liverpool during a memorable January 2011 transfer window.

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Unfortunately, the Spaniard has come to embody the big-money flop moniker and left the club having failed to find his spark and without a double figure goal return in any of his four Premier League campaigns.


Tiemoue Bakayoko

The Blues made the 22-year-old midfielder their third signing of the summer of 2017 on July 15. The former Monaco player became the second-most expensive Blues player ever, quickly topping the fee Chelsea paid for Antonio Rudiger. 

Bakayoko is a tough two-way player and has become a senior international for France, making his debut in March 2017. 


Antonio Rudiger Germany Confederations Cup

The Germany international defender was coveted by Antonio Conte before he even took charge of his Blues match, but he had to wait 12 months to finally get his hands on the Roma defender.

Used to playing in a back three, he adds depth to Conte’s squad in a variety of different roles.


David Luiz Chelsea

Chelsea initially spent £21 million to bring the Brazilian to England from Benfica during the aforementioned transfer window of January 2011.

They then sold him to Paris Saint-Germain for £50 million in the summer of 2014, only to bring him back for a second spell at Stamford Bridge two years later .


Michy Batshuayi Chelsea

A 23-goal haul at Marseille convinced the Blues that the Belgium international striker would be a useful addition to their forward-thinking ranks.

The form of Diego Costa kept him on the sidelines for much of his debut campaign in 2016-17, but he will forever be remembered for netting the Premier League title-clinching goal in an away date with West Brom .


N'Golo Kante Chelsea 2016/17

Having inspired Leicester to a remarkable Premier League title triumph, Chelsea sought to acquire the skill set of a unique talent in the summer of 2016.

The France international picked up with the Blues where he had left off with the Foxes, with his control of midfield seeing him land back-to-back top flight crowns and the PFA Player of the Year award .


Diego Costa Chelsea Premier League

After leading Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title and Champions League final in 2014, the Spain international was quickly sought out by Chelsea.

Two 20-goal hauls have delivered as many Premier League crowns, but the enigmatic frontman appears destined to move on after being informed that he no longer figures in Antonio Conte’s plans .


Eden Hazard

Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012 helped them to win the race for one of the most sought-after talents in European football, with the Belgian playmaker arriving from Lille.

Five seasons in west London have delivered two Premier League titles, a League Cup win and Europa League triumph, with the 2015 PFA Player of the Year providing plenty of memorable moments along the way.


Chelsea Shevchenko 2006

The 2004 Ballon d’Or winner completed a high-profile but controversial move to Stamford Bridge in 2006, with Abramovich reported to have forced through a deal against the wishes of Jose Mourinho.

The Ukrainian frontman was an iconic figure when he arrived in England, but left three years later having managed just 22 goals in 77 appearances.


Man City target Mendy left out of Monaco squad for Sporting friendly

Negotiations are said to be ongoing between the two sides over the £50 million-rated left-back and they have left him out for another pre-season game

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has left Benjamin Mendy out of his squad for Saturday’s friendly against Sporting as links to Manchester City increase.

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Negotiations between City and the Ligue 1 champions are reported to be in progress and Monaco are claimed to be holding out for close to £50 million for the 22-year-old contracted to the club until 2021.

City recently secured the signing of right-back Kyle Walker for £50m, but are reportedly set to improve on that by making Mendy the most expensive defender in history.

The left-back, who joined from Marseille in June 2016, was left out of their recent tour of Switzerland due to an injury he picked up on international duty with France, and further misses out on their pre-season preparations. 

The French side face Sporting in Portugal and travel without Mendy and Joao Moutinho, but Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain target Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, subject of a €35m (£30.7m) offer from Arsenal, make the 23-man squad.

Van Dijk has asked to leave Southampton

Madrid are prepared to make a world record bid for Mbappe after the £70m sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, but Monaco are prepared to offer him a new deal which will make him one of their highest-paid player alongside Radamel Falcao.

This week, Monaco condemned clubs clubs for making approaches to the 18-year-old striker without their permission.


Borussia Dortmund and West Ham wanted me before China move – Modeste

The French striker made joined Tianjin Quanjian on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy, but he had offers from Germany and England

Anthony Modeste has revealed Borussia Dortmund were among the clubs interested in signing him before he completed a move to China.

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The striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian appeared to be off last month, but a deal was later agreed with Koln for an initial two-year loan with the option to buy for a reported total of €35 million.

Tianjin had also been linked with Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Modeste, who hit 25 league goals last season, said the Bundesliga were monitoring developments. 

Premier League side West Ham and Ligue 1 club Marseille were among his other potential suitors before Modeste’s move to Tianjin was completed last week.

“All these clubs were interested, but as I told you, my club quickly talked with Tianjin,” Modeste said to France Football. 

“For my part, I had already refused twice. The third was the right one.”

Modeste, who is yet to make his CSL debut, remains hopeful of a first senior call-up to the France squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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“It’s a complicated issue,” the 29-year-old added. “The most important thing is to be effective.

“[Tigres striker Andre-Pierre] Gignac was well-known as he developed in Mexico. Maybe I’ll be called.

“The French team, it will come at the right time. Since I was born, I have looked at the squad lists, so I will continue to look.”


Chelsea complete £70m Morata signing from Real Madrid

The Blues have tied down the services of the former Juventus attacker, who has departed the Bernabeu for the second time in his career

Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea from Real Madrid has been completed, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

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The 24-year-old striker has moved to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of £70 million and has agreed a five-year contract, having played 43 times for the European champions last season, netting on 20 occasions.

However, he found himself surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and has elected to join up with Antonio Conte’s side.

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“I am so happy to be here,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”

The striker will meet with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of Asia, as they prepare to face Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday.

Conte insisted on Friday that Morata was his first choice target for the No.9 role, despite Chelsea’s attempts to sign Romelu Lukaku before his move to Manchester United.

“I think for sure this is a good signing for us, he is a young player but has a lot of experience, he went to Juventus and Real Madrid,” Conte said of him. “He has a lot of experience and I think this is a good signing for us.”

Morata, who came through the Madrid youth ranks, narrowly missed playing under the Italian with Juventus, arriving at the Serie A giants for a two-season stint shortly after Conte departed for the Italy national team job, but revealed the manager’s influence played a great role in him electing to move to Stamford Bridge.

“I’m going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me,” he said.

Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko have already joined up with the Blues this summer, making Morata their fourth signing. 


Van Dijk has asked to leave Southampton – Pellegrino

The 26-year-old has been courted by Liverpool and is hoping to force a way out of St Mary’s, but his coach has told him to review his stance

Virgil van Dijk has been sent to train alone by manager Mauricio Pellegrino after telling Southampton he wants to leave.

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Liverpool were leading the race to sign the defender, who also attracted attention from Manchester City and Chelsea, but the Reds publicly backed out of the deal after reports that Southampton were threatening action.

The Netherlands international is said to have set his sights on a move to Anfield, though, and is looking to force a way out, prompting his new boss to leave him out of their pre-season preparations.

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Virgil van Dijk Southampton

“The boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave. This is the decision,” Pellegrino said of the 26-year-old.

“I had to say ‘if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK then you have to train alone until this period of time happens’.

“My relationship with Virgil is excellent. I was clear with the boy, and I was talking from the first day with him.”

Southampton executive director Les Reed said in June that Van Dijk is not for sale at any price, and Pellegrino insists it is the centre-back who must change his stance.

“The club was clear. The club told me they will not sell Virgil.

“I translated the idea of the club to the player and for me it was easy because I had to manage the dynamic of the team.

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“Now he is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100 per cent. If you are not 100 per cent with the team I need to work with the players who are 1000 per cent to defend Southampton. It’s easy for me.

“I hope that Virgil can review his feelings because you know that today a player is big business. Not just the player but behind them is a lot of interests.

“I don’t want to say too much but we need the player, but 100 per cent. This is the question.”

Van Dijk has made 55 Premier League appearances for Southampton since joining from Celtic in 2015. He is contracted to the club until 2022.