10 biggest transfer fees received by Chelsea and how they fared afterwards

Chelsea have made some major cash over the years by selling stars and this summer was no different.

There were big fees for a number of fringe players including Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Davide Zappacosta.

And that has been the case over the years with club director Marina Granovskaia known for her ability at the negotiating table.

The Russian has worked her magic on some top transfers and many of the biggest can be attributed to her.

So, whose exits saw the top 10 transfer fees at Stamford Bridge – and how are they getting on today?

10. Romelu Lukaku – £28m

Once upon a time, Lukaku was a hindrance at Chelsea who were desperate to sell after failing to impress Jose Mourinho and a £28m move to Everton came about following a fine loan spell there.

Seven years after that deal was concluded, the Belgian is back at the Bridge after the Blues forked out £97m for his services from Inter Milan.

9. Kurt Zouma – £30m

After falling down the pecking order at Chelsea, Zouma had his sights set on the exit door and West Ham snapped him up this summer.

The Frenchman is a talented centre-back and the Blues may have felt they could have even earned more out of his sale had Thomas Tuchel not ostracised the player.

8. Thibaut Courtois – £35m

A more acrimonious exit was that of Courtois who went on strike to force a move to Real Madrid in 2018 that saw his relationship with the Chelsea fans plummet.

Now remarked as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, a tough first spell at the club has subsided and the Belgian's true talent has come to light.

7. Tammy Abraham – £35m

Another player to be left on the outskirts following the appointment of Tuchel, AS Roma snapped up Abraham for £35m in the summer.

The England international has had a fine start to his life in Italy, where he has a goal and two assists in two matches.

6. Juan Mata – £37m

Fans were gutted when Mata left, especially for Manchester United, but the money was good for a player that was on the sidelines at the time.

The Spaniard has since given seven years of service to the Red Devils where he remains to this day and has given thoughts to stay after retirement.

5. Nemanja Matic – £40m

Another top star to depart for Old Trafford, Mourinho was determined to land the Serbian when in charge at United whereas Chelsea appeared happy to sell – especially for that money.

Much like Mata, Matic still remains at the club where he is a fringe player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

4. David Luiz – £50m

There was a considerable amount of head scratching going on when Chelsea sold Luiz, an apparent liability, to PSG for a then-world record fee for a defender.

The Brazilian’s whirlwind career took him back to Stamford Bridge before moving to Arsenal but he is now a free agent.

3. Diego Costa – £57m

A snarling, rambunctious striker who struck fear into defenders everywhere he went but his time at Chelsea was short-lived after a fallout with Antonio Conte.

Remarkably, the London outfit managed to sell him back to Atletico Madrid for more than they signed him for but he now plies his trade for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.

2. Oscar – £60m

For a period of time, the Chinese Super League threatened to splash the cash and take all the top stars from Europe but the final straw appeared to be the arrival of Oscar.

After Shanghai Port landed the Brazilian for £60m, a 100 per cent tax on transfers came into effect that basically ruled out further deals while Oscar remains in China.

1. Eden Hazard – £103m

A Chelsea legend but has had a nightmare since leaving for Real Madrid in 2019 – though his sale helped the arrivals of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.

Hazard has had injury troubles throughout his time at the Bernabeu but there are hopes he can rekindle his form this season.


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