Chelsea’s £258.5MILLION splurge: Spending the most money in Premier League history in single summer


Chelsea have made history after becoming the Premier League’s biggest ever spenders in a single transfer window, splashing out an eye-watering £258.5million over the summer.

Led by new owner Todd Boehly, Thomas Tuchel’s side signed 12 players before the window slammed shut at 11pm on Thursday night, with their most expensive recruit – £69.5m Wesley Fofana – joining from Leicester on the penultimate day.

Fofana joins the likes of Denis Zakaria (loan) , Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10m), Marc Cucurella (£62m), Raheem Sterling (£50m), Kalidou Koulibaly (£34m) and a host of young talent in joining the Premier League giants this summer. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side made history by spending £258.5million during the summer window

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Sterling completed a sensational move from Manchester City to their Premier League rivals Chelsea. He penned a five-year deal worth more than £300,000-a-week with the London-based club.

Chelsea forked out £50m for Sterling – who left Man City as their second top scorer in European football, only behind Sergio Aguero.

Thomas Tuchel's side confirmed the signing of Wesley Fofana, 21, for £69.5million this summer

Thomas Tuchel’s side confirmed the signing of Wesley Fofana, 21, for £69.5million this summer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has completed a switch from Barcelona to Chelsea this summer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has completed a switch from Barcelona to Chelsea this summer 

The Blues also confirmed the signing of Koulibaly from Napoli in a deal worth £34million. The defender was their second summer arrival – signing a four-year contract.

CHELSEA’S SIGNINGS THIS SUMMER

Wesley Fofana (Leicester) – £69.5m

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barca) – £10m

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)- £50m

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – £34m

Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire) – £13m

Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) – £20m

Marc Cucurella (Brighton) – £62m

Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal) – undisclosed 

Eddie Beach (Southampton) – undisclosed 

Zak Sturge (Brighton) – undisclosed

Tuchel continued to reinforce his backline by signing Cucurella from Brighton. 

The Spanish full-back signed a six-year deal at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea paying an initial fee of £55m, plus a potential £7m in bonuses.

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Zakaria also completed his season-long loan move to Chelsea from Juventus on the final day of the summer transfer window. 

The deal includes an option to buy the midfielder for £30m once his loan spell ends.

However, Chelsea’s biggest signing of the summer was Fofana – who put pen-to-paper on a seven-year contract with Tuchel’s side. 

The Blues had to part ways with £70m for the former Leicester centre back – who is aiming to emulate Blues ‘legends’ Claude Makelele and Marcel Desailly. 

Fofana was Chelsea’s sixth signing of the summer and was announced shortly after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the club. 

Chelsea confirmed the signing of the Barcelona forward in a deal worth £10m late on Thursday night. 

The former Arsenal captain signed a two-year contract with the west London side, in a deal that will see full-back Alonso head the other way. 

The move marks a return to England for Aubameyang, who only joined the Catalan side in February on a free after his exit from Arsenal.

The deal will also see Aubameyang reunited with his former boss, Tuchel. The pair previously worked together at Borussia Dortmund.

Raheem Sterling signed for Chelsea after leaving Premier League giants Manchester City

Raheem Sterling signed for Chelsea after leaving Premier League giants Manchester City 

Former Brighton star Marc Cucurella was another one of Thomas Tuchel's summer signings

Former Brighton star Marc Cucurella was another one of Thomas Tuchel’s summer signings 

PREMIER LEAGUE’S BIGGEST WINDOW SPENDS

Premier League clubs have have spent more than Spain’s LaLiga, Italy’s Serie A and the German Bundesliga combined this summer. 

The combined outgoing of the 20 clubs during the window was 67 per cent higher than the previous summer’s total of £1.1bn. 

Sportsmail have looked back at the biggest window spends (from low to high)… 

Manchester United – (2014, £174m)

Chelsea – (2017, £183m)

Manchester City – (2015, £185m)

Chelsea – (2020, £222.48m)

Manchester City – (2017, £223.65m)

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Chelsea – (2022, £258.5m)

Speaking to the club website, Aubameyang said: ‘I’m really happy. It’s an honour to be part of this team and I can’t wait to start. I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and really exciting.’ 

Chelsea also snapped up former Southampton goalkeeper Eddie Beach during the summer window. He joined the Blues’ academy for an undisclosed fee.

Jim Fraser, Chelsea’s assistant head of youth development and head of youth recruitment, told the club’s official website: ‘We are very pleased to bring Eddie to the club. 

Chelsea also secured the services of Kalidou Koulibaly (above) from Napoli this summer

Chelsea also secured the services of Kalidou Koulibaly (above) from Napoli this summer 

Chelsea's summer spending comes just one year after the bought Kai Havertz (£72m), Timo Werner (£47.7m), Ben Chilwell (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m) and Edouard Mendy (£21.6m)

Chelsea’s summer spending comes just one year after the bought Kai Havertz (£72m), Timo Werner (£47.7m), Ben Chilwell (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m) and Edouard Mendy (£21.6m)

‘He is a talented goalkeeper with good potential and will join our development squad for the coming season.’ 

Chelsea also fought off competition from Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona to sign Carney Chukwuemeka during the summer transfer window.  

The England U19 international signed a six-year contract worth £20m after rejecting a new deal at Aston Villa. 

Chelsea also confirmed deals with Zak Sturge, Omari Hutchinson and Tyler Dibling for undisclosed fees this summer.  

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Chelsea’s summer spending comes after they bought Kai Havertz (£72m), Timo Werner (£47.7m), Ben Chilwell (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m) and Edouard Mendy (£21.6m) in 2020. 

Chelsea were not the only club to have spent big this summer. The combined outgoing of the 20 Premier League clubs during the window was 67 per cent higher than the previous summer’s total of £1.1bn.

As a result, they spent more than Spain’s LaLiga, Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga combined this summer.  

Chelsea were a major contributor -spending £258.5m. That marks the highest summer spend out of any Premier League club in history. 

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They trumped the previous record held by Manchester City (£223.65m in 2017). Tehy also trumped their own record from 2020 – when they spent a total of £222.48m.  

TOTAL SUMMER SPEND IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE…

Chelsea: £258.5m (this summer spend) vs £97.5m last summer 

Manchester United: £214m (this summer spend) vs £128.5m (last summer)

West Ham: £170.5m (this summer spend) vs £59.5m (last summer)

Tottenham: £155m (this summer spend) vs £63.2m (last summer) 

Nottingham Forest: £150.9m (this summer spend) vs £6.3m (last summer)

Manchester City: £124.5m (this summer spend) vs £109m (last summer) 

Wovles: £122.5m (this summer spend) vs £22.8m (last summer)

Newcastle: £122m (this summer spend) vs £22m (last summer) 

Arsenal: £115.7m (this summer spend) vs £152m (last summer) 

Liverpool: £99.2m (this summer spend) vs £36m (last summer) 

Leeds: £89.8m (this summer spend) vs £56.8m (last summer) 

Everton: £86m (this summer spend) vs £1.7m (last summer) 

Southampton: £73m (this summer spend) vs £38m (last summer) 

Fulham: £60.6m (this summer spend) vs £19.8m (last summer) 

Aston Villa: £58.8m (this summer spend) vs £93m (last summer) 

Brentford: £45.8m (this summer spend) vs £24.9m (last summer) 

Brighton: £32.5m (this summer spend) vs £40.6m (last summer)  

Crystal Palace: £30.8m (this summer spend) vs £64.3m (last summer) 

Bournemouth: £24.6m (this summer spend) vs £11.3m (last summer) 

Leicester: £15.3m (this summer spend) vs £60m (last summer)

 

 



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