The HUGE list of wonderkids Chelsea have signed under Todd Boehly

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 1 Jul 2024 10:40 CDT
  • 5 min read
Marc Guiu, Chelsea
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Chelsea were renowned for their incredible pulling power and financial muscle under Roman Abramovich, with the Russian billionaire pumping significant money into the Stamford Bridge club.

This vast investment ultimately led to their Champions League triumphs in 2012 and 2021.

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However, he was removed from his post as Chelsea owner in 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and American billionaire Todd Boehly took his place at the helm.

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The spending that Chelsea had become known for showed no signs of stopping during Boehly’s first transfer window at the helm, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly coming through the door, while they spent even more in January 2023, breaking the British transfer record on Enzo Fernandez along the way.

However, the majority of Blues’ spending hasn’t been focused on established stars, like it was previously, and the impact of Paul Winstanley has been huge.

The former Brighton & Hove Albion head of recruitment was appointed as Director of Global Talent and Transfers at Chelsea in November 2022, and he has helped the club identify some of the best young prospects in world football.

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Winstanley has been helped by academy manager Neil Bath, who was a key factor in Chelsea’s ‘Vision 30’, which was launched upon Boehly’s arrival.

‘Vision 30’ involves Chelsea scouting and recruiting some of the best young talents in world football in order to complement the Blues’ academy set-up and improve the first-team.

The project has five main targets.

- 15% of Premier League minutes to be from academy players

- 25% of the first-team squad to be from the academy

- To have above national average GCSE and A Level results

- To have more academy players in the professional game than any other academy

- To win more national and international competitions than any other academy

So far, ‘Vision 30’ has seen Chelsea dive into the transfer market and spend large transfer fees on unproven stars with high potential.

Mykhailo Mudryk joined Chelsea in January 2023
© IMAGO - Mykhailo Mudryk joined Chelsea in January 2023

Every Chelsea signing aged 23 or under since Todd Boehly became owner in 2022

PlayerFromFeeAge Upon Joining
Enzo FernandezBenfica€121m22
Moises CaicedoBrighton€116m21
Wesley FofanaLeicester€80.4m21
Mykhailo MudrykShakhtar Donetsk€70m22
Romeo LaviaSouthampton€62m19
Cole PalmerMan City€47m21
Benoit BadiashileAS Monaco€38m21
Nicolas JacksonVillarreal€37m22
Noni MaduekePSV Eindhoven€35m20
EstevaoPalmeiras€34m18*
Malo GustoOlympique Lyonnais€30m19
Lesley UgochukwuStade Rennais€30m19
Omari KellymanAston Villa€22.5m18
Kendry PaezIndependiente del Valle€20m18**
Carney ChukwuemekaAston Villa€18m18
Djordje PetrovicNew England Revolution€18m23
Deivid WashingtonSantos€16m18
Cesare CasadeiInter Milan€15m19
AngeloSantos€15m18
Andrey SantosVasco da Gama€12.5m18
David Datro FofanaMolde€12m20
Gabriel SloninaChicago Fire€9.1m18
Marc GuiuBarcelona€6m18
Ishe Samuels-SmithEverton€4.7m17
Jimmy-Jay MorganSouthampton€3.4m17
Eddie BeachSouthamptonUndisclosed18
Dujuan 'Whisper' RichardsPhoenix All Stars Football AcademyUndisclosed18
Zak SturgeBrightonFree18
Alex MatosNorwichFree18
Omari HutchinsonArsenalFree18
Diego MoreiraBenficaFree18

* Estevao will join Chelsea in 2025 when he turns 18.

** Kendry Paez will join Chelsea in 2025 when he turns 18.

The start of 'Vision 30' began in Boehly’s first summer, with Wesley Fofana, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, Gabriel Slonina and Omari Hutchinson all arriving at Stamford Bridge.

The aforementioned Fernandez then became the most expensive player in Premier League history when he joined Chelsea in January 2023.

Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, Malo Gusto, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana also joined the club during the same transfer window.

Six months later, Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia, Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, Djordje Petrovic, Deivid Washington, Angelo Gabriel, Diego Moreira, Alex Matos and Ishe Samuels-Smith all arrived.

Chelsea paid €116m to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion
© IMAGO - Chelsea paid €116m to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton & Hove Albion

Jamaican youngster Dujuan ‘Whisper’ Richards subsequently joined the club when he turned 18 in late 2023.

The Blues’ pursuit halted in January 2024, with no new signings during the month, but they have continued their youth revolution with the additions of Omari Kellyman and Marc Guiu during the 2024 summer transfer window.

In addition, South American pair Estevao and Kendry Paez will both join Chelsea when they turn 18 in 2025.

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