Top 10 Chelsea most expensive signings player ever.
Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli (Dutch pronunciation:born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Chelsea and the Belgium national team.
Lukaku began his senior club career playing for Anderlecht, where he won a Belgian Pro League title and finished as the league’s top goalscorer. In 2011, he joined Chelsea in a transfer worth £10 million (€12 million), but limited playing time resulted in loans to West Bromwich Albion and Everton; in 2014, Lukaku signed with Everton in a then club-record transfer worth £28 million (€32 million), going on to finish as the league’s second-top goalscorer. He subsequently signed with Manchester United in a transfer worth £75 million (€88 million), but after a breakdown in relations with the club, Lukaku departed for Inter Milan in 2019 in a club-record deal worth €80 million (£68.1 million), and won a Serie A title and Serie A Most Valuable Player.
In 2021, Lukaku returned to Chelsea in a club-record transfer worth £97.5 million (€115 million), becoming the seventh-most expensive player, the most expensive Belgian player, and the most expensive player with reference to cumulative transfer fees.
Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer, Lukaku made his senior international debut in 2010, and has represented his country at four major tournaments: the 2016 and 2020 UEFA European Championships and the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups; he finished as joint second-highest goalscorer won the Bronze Boot in the latter.
Havertz joined the Blues on September 4 in a deal worth a whopping £310,000 per week – or £16.2m per year.
That instantly made him the club’s top earner ahead of fellow German and summer arrival Timo Werner, who is on a reported £270,000 per week at Stamford Bridge.
But despite their mammoth wages, the pair have struggled to find their best form just yet.
Werner ended a 100-day, 1,000-minute goal drought against Newcastle but for Havertz his return does not make pretty reading.
In the 24 weeks since arriving, he has managed one league goal and three assists despite pocketing £7.4m.
The goal and two of the assists came within three matches in September and October – his only assist since then was in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on January 3.
Chelsea’s other big earners include £50m left-back Ben Chilwell (£190k per week), winger Christian Pulisic (£158k), back-up goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (£150k), skipper Cesar Azpilicueta (£145k) and midfielder N’Golo Kante (£144k), as per Spotrac’s figures.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – the top-paid academy graduate – picked up £120,000 last week, despite only playing for 31 minutes against Southampton.
Kepa Arrizabalaga signed a 7 year / £56,420,000 contract with the Chelsea F.C., including an annual average salary of £8,060,000. In 2021, Arrizabalaga will earn a base salary of £8,060,000, while carrying a cap hit of £8,060,000.
A talent at Real Madrid, and a blossoming star at Juventus before joining Chelsea, Morata arrived with high expectations. The last big-name striker the Blues signed from Madrid, in Diego Costa, worked out well, and similar feats were expected from Morata.
He started well, scoring twice off the bench against Burnley on his debut, and his relationship with Cesar Azpilicueta was a thriving one. However, his inability to score big chances began to anger Chelsea fans, and he was soon cast aside.
His 24 goals in 77 games may not sound too bad, especially given how Chelsea’s forwards since Morata’s departure have fared, but the Spaniard cost the Blues a lot of money.
An unorthodox striker to say the least, Morata threatened to break into the elite category of number nine’s across the world, but his lack of consistency was a large contributing factor to his eventual departure from Stamford Bridge.
Not only did Morata cost a club record transfer fee upon arriving at Chelsea (£60 million), but his wages were also astronomical for someone who wasn’t a reliable goal-scorer. Eden Hazard was the only player at the club on higher wages than Morata’s £170,000 per week, with Cesc Fabregas the next highest on £156,000.
Morata was only at Chelsea for 18 months before they loaned him to Atletico Madrid, before selling him permanently to the Spanish side, but he still racked up £13.3m in wages during that time. It was only Atleti’s desperation for a forward that enabled Chelsea to get away with the poor financial situation surrounding Morata at the club.
In total, Morata’s wages and transfer fee add up to £73.3m – a lot of money for just 18 months. That works out at £4m per month, or around £1m per week.
Morata also cost Chelsea over £3m per goal he scored for the club.
Gonzalo Higuain was signed as his replacement, which was another move for a forward that didn’t work out for Chelsea.
Christian Mate Pulisic
Christian Mate Pulisic is an American professional soccer player who plays for Chelsea and the United States national team. He was born on September 18, 1998. It’s because of his high level of play and because of his nationality that he’s been called “Captain America.”
Pulisic started his professional career with Borussia Dortmund, where he was promoted to the senior squad in 2016 at the age of 17. His first season with the club was sparse, but he became a staple in the Dortmund squad that won the 2016–17 DFB-Pokal. In 2018, he was runner-up in the first Kopa Trophy for the best player under 21.
Pulisic joined Chelsea in January 2019 for a reported $73 million (£57.6 million), making him the most expensive North American player ever. At 21, he became Chelsea’s youngest hat-trick scorer. Pulisic became the Chelsea player and first American to score in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He then won the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, becoming the first American to do it.
“I witnessed this with Torres, a player who rose to world-class status but then lost his explosive pace and could never get it back,”wrote Carragher.
“When Chelsea bid £50m for Torres in January 2011 there was consternation among Liverpool supporters.
“Although we could never state it publicly at the time, there was general astonishment in our dressing room. We thought Chelsea had not been watching him for the previous 12 months.
Chelsea sign £57m star – but he will earn less than central midfield trio
2018–19 season. On 14 July 2018, Jorginho signed for English team Chelsea on a five-year contract on the same day Sarri was hired at the club. He joined for a transfer fee of £50m with £7m in potential add-ons, and was assigned the number 5 shirt.
Chelsea have completed the signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for a fee believed to be in the region of €53m (£47.6m/$59m).
The Premier League side confirmed Werner will join the club in July following the completion of the Bundesliga season, subject to passing a medical which has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ben Chilwell signed for Leicester’s Premier League rivals Chelsea on 26 August 2020 on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee reported by BBC Sport to be £45 million.