The intense dealings in last month’s window caused not only much weeping and wailing but records to be broken. Or smashed if one can still use that word in a post Richard Keys world.
All figures quoted in Pounds Sterling.
10. Didier Drogba Olympique Marseille to Chelsea (2004) 24m
Didier and Drogba are two words that strike fear into any opposition manager that sees them on a Chelsea team sheet. He’s been taken to task endlessly for his theatrics and diving, but for all that nonsense he’s a strong, fearless and ruthless striker who when on fire is pretty much unplayable.
9. Michael Essien Olympique Lyon to Chelsea (2005) 24.4m
One of Roman Abramovich’s pet project purchases and without doubt one of his best. Tough tackling and tactically shrewd Essien has been nothing shy of a rock in the centre of a world beating Chelsea squad.
8. Wayne Rooney Everton to Manchester United (2004) 27m
Wazza once in a Youth Cup game for Everton scored and displayed a t-shirt that said,’Once A Blue, Always A Blue’ but the only thing that has remained blue is the player’s language. His career glitters with awards and trophies but his performance on grass have been eclipsed by his activities off it of late.
7. Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio to Manchester United (2001) 28.1m
“When we bought Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist, they kick-started us that season, and hopefully Van Nistelrooy and Veron can do the same for us.” Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous last words.
6.Rio Ferdinand Leeds United to Manchester United (2002) 29.1m
Full time Tweeter, part time footballer Rio Ferdinand has become an iconic figure in British football. A Manchester United team without him is lesser for it and when John Terry lost the England captaincy it was a no brainer that Ferdinand took on the job.