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Chelsea FC are a London-based football team that currently play in the English Premier League. They're based at Stamford Bridge in London, and they're known as the Blues or, sometimes, the Pensioners. is the current manager. Chelsea have been an ever-present in the Premier League since it was founded in 1992 — one of only six teams to have done so. The club had enjoyed relatively little success until Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, transforming the club into a major force in England and the transfer market and ushering in a new period of previously unseen success. Their current manager is one of the club’s biggest legends, Frank Lampard.
Despite being founded more than a century ago, Chelsea didn’t have much success before they were bought by Roman Abramovich in 2003. Since then, the club was transformed thanks to major investments and big transfers. They have won 5 Premier League titles during that time, compared to just one top-flight title in their previous history (1954-55 season).
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Dennis Wise from Wimbledon for £1.6m in 1990
Although £1.6 million sounds like change by today’s standards for transfers, it was the record transfer fee for Chelsea back in 1990. Still, Wise also proved to be one of the best signings in the club’s history since he spent a decade at the club and won a couple of FA Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1998.
Gianfranco Zola from Parma for £4.5m in 1996
The Italian was already 30 years old when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 1996 but he nonetheless spent 7 years at the club and become one of the biggest legends. Despite never winning the Premier League, he was voted as the “Chelsea’s Greatest Player Ever” by the fans.
Frank Lampard from West Ham for £11m in 2001
The current manager at Stamford Bridge, Lampard is an absolute legend at Chelsea. He spent 13 years with the club after arriving from West Ham, winning all major domestic and European trophies in the process. He is also the leading goalscorer in the club’s history with 211 goals, despite the fact that he played in the midfield.
Claude Makélélé from Real Madrid for £16.8m in 2003
One of the first signings in the Abramovich era, Makélélé was an integral part of the club’s meteoric rise. Widely considered to be one of the best defensive midfilders of all time, the French international spent five successful years at Chelsea and won all domestic trophies with the Blues.
Didier Drogba from Marseille for £24m in 2004
One of the best strikers in the club’s history and in the history of Ivory Coast, Drogba arrived at Stamford Bridge for a relatively modest transfer fee. The striker crowned his Chelsea career with a Champions League trophy in 2012 when he scored the equalizing goal in the 88th minute and converted the final penalty kick.
Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for £71m in 2020
After a prolonged summer saga full of gossip and rumours, German wunderkind Kai Havertz joined Chelsea FC from Bayer Leverkusen. The transfer for the attacking midfielder ended up being only £600.000 short of the biggest transfer fee in the club’s history Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.