How much have Chelsea spent on transfers so far this summer?

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 26 Aug 2023 15:10 BST
  • 4 min read
Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea, 2023/24
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Chelsea have spent €401.1 million on transfers so far during the 2023 summer window, with Mauricio Pochettino being fully backed by the club’s owners.

A total of 11 players have joined the Blues this summer, with Moises Caicedo the most expensive to sign for the club after his move from Brighton & Hove Albion was finally agreed on 14 August.

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The Ecuador international was purchased for an initial fee of €116m (£100m), but that is likely to reach €133m (£115m) via achievable add-ons.

A matter of days later, Chelsea confirmed the arrival of Romeo Lavia from Southampton for €68m (£58m). The Blues will pay an initial €62m for the Belgium international, with the rest set to be paid as bonuses. Incredibly, both players had looked likely to go to Liverpool before being pinched by the Blues.

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Christopher Nkunku is another high-profile name who has joined Chelsea this summer, with the west London club splashing €60m to pluck him from RB Leipzig.

Axel Disasi (€45m from AS Monaco) and Lesley Ugochukwu (€27m from Stade Rennais) are Chelsea’s other two French signings this window.

Axel Disasi has joined Chelsea from AS Monaco
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Nicolas Jackson has arrived from Villarreal for €37m and is expected to lead the line at Stamford Bridge, while Angelo Gabriel has already been loaned out to Strasbourg following his €15m summer move from Santos.

His compatriot and former Santos team-mate Deivid Washington joined Chelsea on 24 August for an initial €16m.

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Alex Matos and Diego Moreira are Chelsea’s other summer additions, although they arrived on free transfers from Norwich and Benfica respectively.

Moises CaicedoBrighton€116m
Romeo LaviaSouthampton€62.1m
Christopher NkunkuRB Leipzig€60m
Axel DisasiMonaco€45m
Nicolas JacksonVillarreal€37m
Lesley UgochukwuRennes€27m
Robert SanchezBrighton€23m
Deivid WashingtonSantos€16m
Diego MoreiraBenficaFree
Alex MatosNorwichFree

Chelsea’s huge spending

Chelsea have been the most controversial club in the transfer market since Todd Boehly took over as owner in 2022, with the American billionaire pumping money into the club and using loopholes to amortise transfer fees over long contracts.

That strategy has seen Chelsea avoid Financial Fair Play charge, at least for now, with a total of 23 players signing deals of five years or longer since Boehly took charge.

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In 2022, the Blues went big in the summer window, bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella on large fees, while also spending big on talented youngsters such as Cesare Casadei and Carney Chukwuemeka.

That strategy has been altered slightly, with Chelsea now focused almost solely on signing the best young talents in world football, no matter how much they cost.

That was perhaps best seen when they broke the British transfer record for Enzo Fernandez in January 2023 before they exceeded that mark again with the addition of Caicedo. Chelsea have spent over €1 billion since Boehly took over in the summer of 2022.

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