Chelsea broke the world record for the most money expended in a solitary window this summertime, splashing extra than £250 million on new gamers.
In the initially transfer window under new owner Todd Boehly, the Blues generally looked to restructure their defence just after viewing the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso all go away for free.
There was also a need to bolster their forward line, with Chelsea desperately lacking a goalscorer pursuing Timo Werner’s return to RB Leipzig and Romelu Lukaku re-joining Inter on loan.
With manager Thomas Tuchel shelling out the price by shedding his task pursuing a sluggish start to the season, FootballTransfers ranks Chelsea’s small business that will now be up to new manager Graham Potter to make the most of.
Here’s our ranking of the new players based mostly on their performances to date:
Youngsters Carney Chukwuemeka (€18m) and Gabriel Slonina (€9m) have not been incorporated as they are but to make 1st-crew debuts.
5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Barcelona (€12m)
Chelsea introduced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again to the Premier League after a spell in Barcelona in the hope that he would showcase his very best variety as a substitute of the problems he brought about at Arsenal prior to his departure.
Aubameyang: “I need additional time. I’m not 100 for every cent in shape. It is not simple to engage in with a mask and with an injury, but ideally I will get 100 for every cent as soon as achievable.” pic.twitter.com/aO24GvsqgK
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) September 21, 2022
And while the deal was in the beginning affordable, the sacking of Tuchel – the guy who lured Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge – signifies that Chelsea run a great risk of owning an additional extremely-compensated flop on their arms.
The 33-yr-outdated has managed two starts in the Champions League for Chelsea, failing to score in possibly.
4. Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli (€38m)
Chelsea had been very long-term admirers of Kalidou Koulibaly but have been normally quoted extortionate expenses for the defender, but they finally secured his signing this summertime for £34m.
Koulibaly has manufactured a weak start to his Chelsea profession so significantly but the Senegal international really should transform out to be a capable replacement for Antonio Rudiger at left centre-again.
3. Wesley Fofana – Leicester (€80m)
Wesley Fofana set up himself as a person of the best younger defenders in Europe throughout his two seasons at Leicester just after becoming a member of them from Saint-Etienne for £36.5m.
Nonetheless, the 21-12 months-previous is coming off the back again of a damaged leg which ruled him out of almost all of very last season, getting been a player renowned for his physicality.
Chelsea made Fofana a person of the most high-priced defenders of all-time regardless of the Frenchman obtaining however to establish his exercise and very long-expression benefit at that selling price, a risk that has not yet paid off in the 2022-23 season.
2. Marc Cucurella – Brighton (€65m)
Marc Cucurella impressed throughout his sole season at Brighton and has continued his very good variety likely into his early days at Chelsea, proving why teams like Manchester City and Barcelona ended up interested.
Cucurella was in all probability likely to be under Tuchel in any case, but now undoubtedly will be under Potter, a accurate skeleton vital for this workforce. Can be an alternate alternative to Koulibaly, Chilwell & Sterling along the left facet. Seriously will be helpful flexibility. pic.twitter.com/Q7aM1Y3QWY
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) September 21, 2022
The £58m cost was steep for a player who could also come across himself competing with Ben Chillwell, a further £50m signing in 2020, but the Spaniard has been a reliable addition to The Blues’ squad.
1. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City (€56m)
The signing of Raheem Sterling has currently paid dividends for Chelsea, with the England global netting four situations in 8 game titles in all competitions to top the scoring charts for the Blues.
Sterling was heading into the ultimate calendar year of his agreement at Manchester City, prompting Chelsea to swoop in and beat a host of teams to his signature for £47.5m a shrewd deal all all over.