In June 2003, Chelsea introduced their largest ‘signing’ and it was not a participant, however the arrival of Roman Abramovich.
Over the next seasons, bankrolled by the deep pockets of the Russian, the London membership roared again to life with quite a few marquee signings.
The likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Hernan Crespo, Michael Ballack, Andry Schevchenko simply to call however just a few made their technique to Stamford Bridge because the Blue juggernaut dominated the Premier League.
The membership loved huge success and continued attracting the creme of world soccer; they may principally signal anybody.
However, even within the best of plans, one thing is sure to go unsuitable, and Chelsea missed out on quite a few stars who as a substitute joined rival golf equipment, and on this case, Manchester Metropolis.
The Manchester membership changed Chelsea on the high of the Premier League’s spending desk because of Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group.
They knocked the Blues off the highest spot, and made big-name signings, amongst them three Chelsea targets.
The Brazilian was set for a transfer to Chelsea again in 2008. All was set for a £32.5m last day deal in the course of the summer season window from Actual Madrid, however Metropolis snatched him from underneath Luis Filipe Scolari’s nostril to make an announcement of intent.
He was the primary mega-money signing for Metropolis and would open the doorways for extra big-name signings within the following years.
He lately admitted he was set for a transfer to London till the Spanish facet felt infuriated.
“I needed to go to Chelsea,” Robinho revealed in a latest interview, “Scolari instructed me that I may make the distinction for him within the crew.
“Nonetheless, Actual Madrid ended up badly with them, they didn’t like the best way that Chelsea bought shirts with my title on them earlier than the deal was executed.
“I’m certain it was this that led to the negotiations to fail and it was a case of pleasure for Actual Madrid,”
He, nonetheless, didn’t keep at Manchester Metropolis for lengthy, leaving half-way by means of the next season.
🇪🇸 David Silva
Two years after Robinho’s miss, the Blues misplaced one other gem, this time, Spanish playmaker David Silva who was at Valencia on the time.
In June 2010, Silva confirmed he needed to affix the London facet, saying;
“Chelsea have established themselves as top-of-the-line golf equipment in Europe over the past 5 years. There isn’t a motive why sooner or later Chelsea can’t be as adorned as Actual Madrid.
“In gamers like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, they’ve gamers who would get into any crew on the planet and it might be a pleasure to play with them.
“There isn’t a doubt in my thoughts that Chelsea can be an ideal membership to play for – and a membership the place I may fulfil my ambition of league titles and the European Cup. The Premier League remains to be the place to be,”
He joined Metropolis after the 2010 World Cup, turning into Roberto Mancini’s second signing after Jerome Boateng.
He has gone on to achieve legendary standing, a decade of success that may come to an finish on the finish of the present marketing campaign.
🇦🇷 Sergio Aguero
Manchester Metropolis accomplished a £38million deal for the Argentine in 2011, and clearly it’s one in every of their finest signing in historical past.
The previous Atletico Madrid man has gone on to develop into a membership legend, topping the scorers’ charts and continues to terrorize the Premier League.
Chelsea had been holding tabs on the then 21-year-old, and got here near hanging a deal in 2009, however his wage calls for had been reportedly too excessive.
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Then in 2011, Roman Abramovich balked at splashing £40 million for the striker however curiously paid £50 for Fernando Torres just a few months later.
He is likely to be on high of the checklist of a bunch of gamers the Blues missed out on, and plenty of followers marvel what it might have been wish to have the striker on the London membership.