As if the sight of Frank Lampard once again pulling the strings at Chelsea wasn’t enough nostalgia for fans to swoon over, Roman Abramovich is once again opening his chequebook and brandishing zeros like they were going out of fashion. It feels just like old times at Stamford Bridge.
The Russian billionaire owner may have been conspicuous by his absence in west London over the past two years, but his commitment to the club has never been clearer after sanctioning a mammoth spending spree this summer – one that is set to become the biggest splurge in a single window by any Premier League club.
Signings are already through the door, with the club acting swiftly to land two of Europe’s most sought-after signatures.
Roman Abramovich is once again permitting Chelsea to splash the cash this transfer window
Frank Lampard is set to have a raft of new signings at his disposal to launch a bid for the title
Timo Werner had been closely linked with Liverpool, and it was thought the chance to work with Jurgen Klopp gave the Reds the Trump card in the chase for the Leipzig frontman. In the end, it was Chelsea who captured the striker for £53m.
That added to the capture of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, a signing announced as far back as February, a good gauge on how hard the recruitment team were working behind the scenes as they secured the 27-year-old for £38m.
England full-back Ben Chilwell made the £50m move from Leicester and the Blues smashed their own transfer record by landing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. A £90m deal is far from in keeping with the post-coronavirus window, where the value of players has been deflated on the whole.
Chelsea made a huge statement by beating Liverpool to the signing of striker Timo Werner
In Hakim Ziyech, the Blues acted quickly to land one of the hottest properties on the continent
And all this is even before you consider the money spent on wages when it comes to two free transfers.
Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr swapped Ligue 1 for London this summer, with the pair leaving Paris Saint-Germain and Nice respectively after their contracts ran out.
It is a huge statement of intent from Chelsea, breaking all manner of records in a time where all clubs were expected to tighten the purse-strings, but not a surprising one given the clubs unique position.
A number of factors have aided them in finding the resources to complete their £231m splurge – more than any other Premier League club have spent in a single window.
Chelsea completed a £50million deal for and England defender Ben Chilwell
German wonderkid Kai Havertz is the most expensive player Chelsea have ever bought
One matter that has helped the club has been the transfer ban, which has prevented them from signing players over the last two windows.
The lack of opportunity to improve the team has forced the Blues to focus on a long-term plan of attack, with targets being worked on for more than 12 months. The break has given them not only more cash with which to play, but more time to sweet-talk top targets into agreeing a switch.
They have also been aided by some big sales. The money received from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard, and the cash from Atletico Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata, has sat untouched due to the transfer embargo.
It sees a return to the early days of Abramovich's reign, when money appeared to be no object
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