Chelsea have made history by spending more money in one summer than any other Premier League side has managed after parting ways with £264million during the transfer window.
Thomas Tuchel’s side signed 12 new players – with their biggest signing coming on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window when they secured the services of Wesley Fofana for £70m.
Fofana joins the likes of Denis Zakaria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and a host of young talent in joining the Premier League giants this summer.
Sterling completed a sensational move from Manchester City to Premier League rivals Chelsea. He penned a five-year deal worth more than £300,000-a-week.
Chelsea forked out £50m for Sterling – who left City as their second top scorer in European football, only behind Sergio Aguero.
The Blues also confirmed the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli in a deal worth £34million. The defender was their second summer arrival – signing a four-year contract.
Tuchel continued to reinforce his backline by signing Marc Cucurella by Brighton. The Spanish full-back signed a six-year deal at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea paying an initial fee of £55m, plus a potential £7m in bonuses.
Chelsea also snapped up former Southampton goalkeeper Eddie Beach during the summer window. He joined the Blues’ academy for an undisclosed fee.
Jim Fraser, Chelsea’s assistant head of youth development and head of youth recruitment, told the club’s official website: ‘We are very pleased to bring Eddie to the club. He is a talented goalkeeper with good potential and will join our development squad for the coming season.’
Chelsea also fought off competition from Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona to sign Carney Chukwuemeka during the summer transfer window.
The England U19 international signed a six-year contract worth £20m after rejecting a new deal at Aston Villa.
Denis Zakaria also completed his season-long loan move to Chelsea from Juventus on the final day of the summer transfer window. The deal includes an option to buy the midfielder for £30m once his loan spell ends.
However, Chelsea’s biggest signing of the summer was Wesley Fofana – who pen-to-paper on a seven-year contract with Tuchel’s side.
The Blues had to part ways with £70m for the former Leicester centre back – who is aiming to emulate Blues ‘legends’ Claude Makelele and Marcel Desailly.
Fofana was Chelsea’s sixth signing of the summer after being announced shortly after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the club.
Chelsea confirmed the signing of the Barcelona forward in a deal worth £10m late on Thursday night.
The former Arsenal captain signed a two-year contract with the west London side, in a deal that will see full-back Alonso head the other way.
The move marks a return to England for Aubameyang, who only joined the Catalan side in February on a free after his exit from Arsenal, and will see him reunite with former boss Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking to the club website, Aubameyang said: ‘I’m really happy. It’s an honour to be part of this team and I can’t wait to start. I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and really exciting.’
Chelsea’s summer spending comes just one year after the bought Kai Havertz (£72m), Timo Werner (£47.7m), Ben Chilwell (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m) and Edouard Mendy (£21.6m).