Chelsea's 10 best transfers of all time

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
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Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea, 2021-22
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Since the turn of the century, Chelsea have been a force to be reckoned with in both the Premier League and European competition, racking up a multitude of honours to firmly place them as one of England's top teams.

In fact, since 2000, they have won a total of 23 trophies, including two Champions Leagues titles and five Premier League titles.

A key part of that has been the additions of top talent that have helped propel the club to its current status. Even with the departure of previous owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea have been taken over by American investors who have shown a willingness to invest heavily in some of the best players in the world.

In fact, during the 2022 summer transfer window, Chelsea spent more money than any club had previously splashed in a single period.

Although some signings haven't worked out - Andriy Shevchenko, Fernando Torres and Juan Sebastian Veron spring to mind - many have made themselves into heroes.

Here are FootballTransfers' best 10 Chelsea signings ever.

Cesar Azpilicueta - £7m (Marseille, 2012)

Nicknamed "Dave" by Chelsea supporters who struggled to pronounce his surname, Azpilicueta has been a fan favourite since moving to Stamford Bridge.

He was a rotation option in his first year, but under Jose Mourinho he became the first choice left-back. Despite being right footed, he excelled in this position and was named Chelsea's Player's Player of the Year.

He was vital in Chelsea's 2014/15 title win, and under Antonio Conte he finally moved away from left-back. He played as the right centre-back in a 3-4-3, and his positional awareness helped the side win another title.