Chelsea Made History By Spending More Than all the Clubs In a Single Transfer Window

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A record-breaking £271.1 million was spent by Chelsea in the 2022 summer transfer window, making them the Premier League’s highest-ever spenders in a single transfer window.

Thomas Tuchel’s team, led by new co-owner Todd Boehly, added 11 players before the transfer market closed at 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 1. Their most expensive acquisition, £69.5m Wesley Fofana, arrived from Leicester on a penultimate day.

In joining the Premier League heavyweights this summer, Fofana follows in the footsteps of players like Denis Zakaria (loan), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10m), Marc Cucurella (£62m), Raheem Sterling (£50m), Kalidou Koulibaly (£34m), and a host of other talents.

Todd Boehly waiving to the fans

Chelsea broke Manchester City’s record for the most money invested in a single window, which they set at £223.65 million in 2017, thanks to Boehly’s summer of extravagant spending.

Beginning things off was Sterling’s surprise transfer from Premier League rivals City to the London club, where he signed a five-year deal for more than £300,000 per week.

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Sterling, who departed City as their second-highest scorer in European competition, only behind Sergio Aguero, in quest of more consistent playing time ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, was acquired by Chelsea for £50 million.

Marc Cucurella in action

The Blues also announced the unexpected £34 million acquisition of Koulibaly from Napoli. After Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left, the defender was their second summer addition. He signed a four-year deal to improve Tuchel’s defense after their departures.

Below are the players Chelsea signed in the record-breaking 2022 summer transfer window:

Wesley Fofana (Leicester), 69.5 million

£10 million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barca)

Raheem Sterling ($50 million; Manchester City)

Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli, £34 million

– £13m Gabriel Slonina, Chicago Fire

£20 million Carney Chukwuemeka, Aston Villa

(Inter Milan) Cesare Casadei £12.6 million.

62 million pounds Marc Cucurella, Brighton

Loan: Denis Zakaria, Juventus

Unknown Eddie Beach (Southampton)

Unknown Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal)

Chelsea added Cucurella from Brighton to its backline to further fortify it.

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The six-year contract between Chelsea and the Spanish full-back included an initial payment of £55 million plus potential bonus payments of an additional £7 million.

On the final day of the transfer window, Zakaria, a late target for Tuchel because of doubts over N’Golo Kante’s fitness, moved from Juventus on a season-long loan to Chelsea.

When the midfielder’s loan period is over next summer, there is a £30 million buyout option included in the agreement.

Fofana, who signed a massive seven-year contract with Tuchel’s team after forcing through an exit from Leicester after weeks of negotiations, was Chelsea’s greatest acquisition of the summer.

The Foxes center-back, who confesses he wants to be like Blues greats Claude Makelele and Marcel Desailly, cost the Blues £69.5 million to acquire.

Thomas Tuchel clapping for his players

Along with making significant investments in well-known players, Chelsea also spent a lot of money on promising young players. Cesare Casadei of Inter Milan cost £12.6 million, Carney Chukwuemeka of Aston Villa cost £20 million, and talented goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina of Chicago Fire cost £13 million.

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On deadline day, Aubameyang and Zakaria completed the club’s hectic summer transfer window, bolstering Tuchel’s squad as they seek to recover from a midweek loss at Southampton.

Chelsea unvieled Wesley Fofana

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