Chelsea undoubtedly have a mixed history in the transfer market. While there have been a plethora of impressive purchases, there’s also been a fair share of errors.
However, although the Stamford Bridge side’s failed signings attract the most publicity, it’s also important to consider the calamitous sales they’ve made. That’s right Blues fans, the ones that got away.
With Chelsea hoping to avoid similar errors this summer, here are the club’s biggest sales gaffes of recent years:
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Kevin de Bruyne
What makes this departure even more of a bitter pill to swallow is his impressive return to English football in a Manchester City shirt. Having been shepherded out of Stamford Bridge in January 2014, the Blues have been left pulling their hair out.
The club has paid the price for only giving him six months to perform in a Blue jersey. In hindsight it proves incredibly harsh especially when you consider he was just 22-years-old, Chelsea clearly had no patience for the Belgian.
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As a consequence, the west London side has paid the price with De Bruyne scoring 15 goals and bagging nine assists for City this season. It must have proven a sour concoction of regret when the Belgian’s strike sent the Sky Blues through to a Champions League semi-final a few weeks back.
Compared to De Bruyne, the English forward was given considerably more of a chance at Stamford Bridge, but the hurt must still linger. The striker never really cut it in west London yet has experienced a renaissance with Liverpool.
With a staggering 51 goals in 88 outings for the Reds, Chelsea can’t help but wonder what might have been.
While admittedly Chelsea can still sit pretty with a world-class forward in Diego Costa, letting Sturridge go for just £12 million must sting. Besides, was 24 goals in 96 appearances really a record so poor it deserved the axe?
Since the German’s return to the Bundesliga, Schurrle has endured a mixed spell. Despite this, his departure from Chelsea in January 2015 didn’t fail to confuse many Blues fans.
Schurrle was perhaps one of the club’s best finishers and his electric pace ravaged many Premier League defences. However, it appeared his departure solely boiled down to a latterly frosty relationship with Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea can look back and smile now with Schurrle fighting to get into Wolfsburg’s first-team but his instinctive finishing would have been heavily sought after this campaign. He’s a World Cup winner after all.
The Everton striker has outscored Diego Costa by 11 goals this season and for many, this is Chelsea’s biggest sales gaffe. Despite being in a weaker side, Lukaku has found the net more often than anyone at Stamford Bridge this year.
Albeit the club witnessing the Belgian have two very successful loan spells at West Brom and then Everton; they still decided to let him go in 2014.
The fee garnered of £28 million was undoubtedly satisfactory, yet with the club now wielding strikers such as Loic Remy, letting the 22-year-old leave must be questioned. It appears Blues fans can only dream of a Lukaku-Costa partnership now.
With Chelsea struggling for depth in their full-back positions this season, Bertrand’s departure becomes all the more painful. It proves another instance of the Blues being impatient and harsh with one of their young stars.
The 26-year-old was loaned out an incredible nine times during his lengthily tenure at Stamford Bridge before being handed to Southampton last summer. A fee of just £10 million proved cruel for a player who started in the final of the club’s successful 2012 Champions League campaign.
Karma has undoubtedly being exacted though with Bertrand having now collated seven England caps and impressing at the St. Mary’s Stadium. He even made last season’s PFA Team of the Year during his loan spell with the Saints. Ouch.
With the five aforementioned mistakes ringing widespread regret for the Blues, they can only hope to be more cautious this summer. Besides, after a season like 2015-16, the club can’t afford to slip up in the transfer market once again.
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