sport news Chelsea's summer spending spree has similarities to 2003

Chelsea are sending shock waves through the world of football with their spending spree this summer. 

The Blues have splashed out £229million on six new signings as they look to bridge the gap to reigning champions Liverpool and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

But such lavish spending is not a new concept at Stamford Bridge and this summer resembles the summer of 2003 when owner Roman Abramovich took over the club.

Roman Abramovich got chequebook out this summer, like he did when he took over the club

Roman Abramovich got chequebook out this summer, like he did when he took over the club

Chelsea signed Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz for a whopping £89million

Chelsea signed Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz for a whopping £89million

The Blues have got themselves a new No 9 in RB Leipzig's lethal striker Timo Werner for £53m

The Blues have got themselves a new No 9 in RB Leipzig's lethal striker Timo Werner for £53m

The Russian got his chequebook out and splurged just under £120m on 13 new players following his arrival in west London. 

The Blues managed to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the 2002-03 season but the club was in need of an injection of something new - and Abramovich provided that.

His big spending not only transformed the club but dramatically altered the game as a whole, changing the picture of England's transfer market financially.

CHELSEA'S SPENDING 2003 vs 2020 

2003: 

Glen Johnson £6m (West Ham)

Geremi £7m ()

Wayne Bridge £7m (Southampton)

Damien Duff £17m (Blackburn)

Joe Cole £6.6m (West Ham)

Juan Sebastian Veron £15m (Man United)

Adrian Mutu £15.8m (Parma)

Hernan Crespo £16.8m (Inter Milan) 

Claude Makelele £16.6m ()

Alexei Smertin £3.5m (Bordeaux)

Neil Sullivan £500,000 (Tottenham) 

Jurgen Macho free ()

Marco Ambrosio free (Chievo)

TOTAL: £111.8m

2020: 

Kai Havertz 89m (Bayer Leverkusen)

Timo Werner £53m (RB Leipzig)

Ben Chilwell £50m (Leicester_

Hakim Ziyech £37m (Ajax)

Thiago Silva free (PSG)

Malang Sarr free (Nice)

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TOTAL: £229m 

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Abramovich's first summer 17 years ago saw duo Geremi and Claude Makelele come in, midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron from as well as attacking pair Adrian Mutu from Parma and Inter Milan's Hernan Crespo.

That quintet of big signings equated to £71.2m. Add to that the arrival of Glen Johnson and Joe Cole from West Ham, Wayne Bridge from Southampton, Damien Duff from Blackburn, Alexei Smertin from Bordeaux and Neil Sullivan from Spurs, the total expenditure reached £111.8m.

'We have the resources and ambition to achieve even more given the huge potential of this great club,' Abramovich said on completing the takeover. 

Right back Glen Johnson was the first signing of the Abramovich era 17 years ago

Right back Glen Johnson was the first signing of the Abramovich era 17 years ago

Joe Cole followed his West Ham team-mate Johnson is making the move across London

Joe Cole followed his West Ham team-mate Johnson is making the move across London

Johnson was the first signing of the Abramovich era and in the same day they announced the acquisition of Duff, Bridge,

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