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Chelsea has always been known as a club that is not afraid to spend big and was the first club to “buy success” when Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Without a doubt, transfer fees have gone a bit crazy in the past few years. Examples of Neymar joining French giants (Paris Saint Germain) for £200m and Paul Pogba’s £100m move to Manchester United from Juventus in 2016 would always come to mind.

Meanwhile, the ironic thing about spending heavily to sign players is that not all of the transfers do come with huge profit for the club side. A classical example is the West London side, Chelsea.

Over the years, when it comes to signing the finest of players, Chelsea is one of many clubs that attract such players – thanks to the financial support of the owner (Roman Abramovich).

However, the club has an inconsistent record when it comes to spending big bucks on players because of their meticulousness when it comes to transfer dealings – they buy at a normal rate and sell with a whole lot of profit.

Four of the five most expensive players in the club’s history have not or didn’t justify the huge transfer fees that were splurged on them. But once Chelsea wants to sell, the huge profit would come into the confers of the club.

In this feature piece, we will look at the five most expensive Chelsea signings.

  • Fernando Torres – €58Million

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The Spaniard is the fifth most expensive signing in the history of Chelsea. He was signed from Liverpool in 2011 but was tagged a flop by fans and pundits due to his inability to score goals aplenty for the West-London outfit.

Truly, Torres was arguably the deadliest striker in the world prior to his arrival at Chelsea. However, he couldn’t replicate his brilliant form after making the switch from Liverpool to The Blues. He only managed a meager 45 goals in 172 appearances for the Blues during his four-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

El-Nino may not have scored many goals for Chelsea, but he did score a few important ones which include the die-minute goal against Barcelona in the Semifinals of the 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League season.

  • Christian Pulisic – €64 million

5 Of Chelsea Most Expensive Signings Ever

Captain America is an extremely sharp and pacy winger, seen as the next big thing for American football, and one of the most exciting prospects in the world currently.

Despite much pressure on him to be the much-needed replacement of erstwhile Chelsea ace (Eden Hazard), it’s agreeable that he’s not disappointed the Chelsea faithful having enjoyed a scintillating start to his life at Chelsea since he joined in the 2019/2020 covid-19 blighted season.

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The 22-year old Pulisic became Chelsea’s fourth most expensive player when he signed from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window of 2019. He’s currently the youngest hat-trick scorer in Chelsea’s history at the age of 21, completing a perfect hat-trick in a 4–2 away win against Burnley.

Having settled pretty well in English football, and a couple of signs of greatness in the Blue jersey more is expected from the American henceforth, and this could become a reality provided the former Dortmund winger isn’t plagued with injuries.

  • Alvaro Morata – €66 million

5 Of Chelsea Most Expensive Signings Ever

For the records, Alvaro Morata was an alternative to Romelu Lukaku after he rejected a return to Stamford Bridge. And having brought in to replace his countryman, (Diego Costa), the former Real Madrid forward started on an imposing note at the bridge, notching six goals in his first six appearances for the Londoners but hurriedly fade off.

Morata’s inability to sustain his early fantastic form at Chelsea brought about his dip in confidence which eventually cost him a place in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven.

The Spain international featured 72 times for Chelsea in all competitions, he managed to score 24 goals, looking out of sort for most parts of his Chelsea career.

A feat that no Blue’s fan would’ve expected when huge cash was splashed on him. Morata finally moved to Atletico Madrid on loan in 2019, making the move permanent in 2020.

  • Kai Havertz – €79Million

5 Of Chelsea Most Expensive Signings Ever

The west london club clearly dominated the transfer market prior to the commencement of the 2020/2021 season; the signing of Havertz summed up the buzzy transfer window for the Blues.

Havertz is a technically gifted, two-footed midfielder who is comfortable with the ball on either foot and adept with his head. The young German is regarded as one of the best young players in the world as of now, having had an impactful stint with Bayer Leverkusen last term.

In Havertz, Chelsea has a midfielder capable of playing in various attacking and midfield positions, little wonder he’s been tagged as the new Mesut Ozil of German football.

With the current crop of attacking players at Lampard’s disposal, Kai obviously is one of the most reliable of them all and it will be interesting to see how far the 21-year old can go.

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  • Kepa Arrizabalaga – €80 million

5 Of Chelsea Most Expensive Signings Ever

Chelsea looks to be jinxed with buying Spanish players who end up becoming transfer frauds; Kepa is another example. The most expensive goalkeeper in world football is obviously not a fan favorite at Chelsea at the moment.

Just like Morata, the goaltender was brought in as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois but he has performed far below the height at which the Belgian performed as a Chelsea goalkeeper.

The Spanish international truly committed some errors resulting in the club conceding a mammoth number of goals last season. According to Transfermarkt, Kepa has conceded 116 goals in 99 appearances for Chelsea, recording an exiguous number of clean sheets.

Also, it’s on record that during Kepa’s time as Chelsea’s number one shot-stopper, retired Petr Cech was included in Chelsea’s squad due to an injury that plagued the new Senegalese goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.

Without mincing words, Kepa is definitely one of the overpriced signings in the history of the Premier League and probably the worst of them all.

 

 

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Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality

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The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League

President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.

“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.

“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”

The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:

“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”

“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”

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“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.

With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”

 

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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