Chelsea have never been afraid to spend big in an effort to improve their squad. The problem is they don’t have the best of track records when doing so.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alvaro Morata and Fernando Torres are just three players to have arrived at Stamford Bridge for club-record fees and not managed to live up to expectations.
And yet none of that trio make it on our list of the worst-ever Chelsea signings. So take a deep breath, Blues fans, as we look back on six truly awful pieces of business by the club.
Winston Bogarde played a mere nine times for the club
Signed from: Barcelona
It’s no easy feat for a player to end up on a worst signings list when they didn’t cost a fee. But Bogarde is a special case.
The defender was signed by Gianluca Vialli in the summer of 2000 after his contract at Barcelona came to an end. Aged 29 years old, the Blues decided to offer him a four-year deal worth £40,000 a week.
But just weeks after Bogarde joined Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri replaced Vialli and decided the Dutchman wasn’t for him. The club tried to move Bogarde on, but no side was willing to match his salary.
He ended up making only 12 appearances in his four-year spell and picked up his £40,000-a-week wage at a time when Chelsea had crippling debts.
“Few people will ever earn so much,” he said. “I am one of the few fortunate people who do. I may be one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership, but I don’t care.”
Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu was sacked from the club in 2004
Signed from: Parma
After scoring four goals in his first three games, Mutu’s signing from Parma in the summer of 2003 looked a shrewd piece of business. But his career at Stamford Bridge slowly deteriorated.
He scored only six more times and fell out with Mourinho shortly after the Portuguese’s arrival. Then, in…