English Premier League giants Chelsea have splashed the cash in the summer transfer window, forking out eye-watering sums of money.
Their signings include their second most expensive of all time in the shape of German wizkid Kai Haverts, who moved to west London from Bayer Leverkusen for around £71million on the eve of the new EPL season.
His arrival came within a whisker of eclipsing the transfer of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who became the Blues’ record signing in 2018 when he made the switch from Athletic Bilbao.
Chelsea’s third-highest transfer fee was paid to another Spanish club, Real Madrid, when Alvaro Morata moved to Stamford Bridge in 2017 for just shy of £60m.
American winger Christian Pulisic slots in at fourth on the all-time list thanks to his move from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a reported £57.6m during the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
We have to wind the clock back a decade to round out the top five biggest transfer fees paid by the Blues, with Spanish international striker Fernando Torres swapping EPL rivals Liverpool for the capital city for £52.65m.
Chelsea’s 2020 splurge is further highlighted by the presence of another two summer recruits, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell, inside the top ten as Russian oligarch owner Roman Abramovich continues to fund the Blues’ push at the sharp end of the Premier League.
Chelsea play Brighton in the English Premier League on Monday, with another pricey signing, Werner, poised to make his debut for the Blues.
Chelsea’s record transfers over the years
*Data from transfermarkt, figures correct at the time of writing.
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