Chelsea have produced some fine talents over the years and their youth academy is undoubtedly one of the best in Europe.
While some academy graduates have made the grade at Stamford Bridge, others have been sold for a premium in the transfer market. In fact, since 2018, Chelse have made over £182million by selling their academy products.
Lewis Hall looks like he could be the latest academy graduate to be cashed in on. According to Sky Sports, Newcastle are in advanced talks over a £30million move for the defender.
We’ve taken a closer look into their academy sales and have found how they have accumulated so much money over the last five years.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – £15million
The midfielder joined the Chelsea academy as an eight-year-old and went on to make over 150 first team appearances. While Loftus-Cheek was always a popular figure around Stamford Bridge, he never quite established himself as a regular starter.
As part of their summer 2023 clearout, Chelsea decided to cash in on the 27-year-old when a £15million bid came in from AC MIlan.
Mason Mount – £55million
It’s still going to take some time to get used to Mount wearing a Manchester United shirt. Last year it looked more than likely that Mount would spend his entire career with Chelsea, but a lot can change in 12 months.
Following an inconsistent season and a dispute over his contract, Mount was sold for a fee of around £55million. The 24-year-old will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Juan Mata who also made the move from London to Manchester.
Billy Gilmour – £10million
Frank Lampard played a huge role in Gilmour’s development and the hype surrounding the Scottish youngster was rife around 2019. Following a fairly unspectacular loan spell with Norwich, Chelsea decided to cash in on the midfielder last year.
Brighton spent around £10million on the Scottish international and he’s been steadily progressing since. He was handed more opportunities towards the back end of last season and is hoping for a big campaign this time around.
“I’m looking forward to this season of course,” Gilmour told reporters during pre-season. “Last season, never played as much but towards the end, I grew into the game and started to get more appearances and play well, so it was an enjoyable end to the season. I want to continue that into this season.
Fikayo Tomori – £26million
AC Milan took the English defender on loan for the second half of the 2020–21 season before making the deal permanent the following summer.
Chelsea did get a decent fee of around £26million in the end, but plenty of Chelsea fans were sad to lose him at the time. He’s matured into a fine centre half while in Italy and has also got his hands on some silverware.
🔴⚫️ Fikayo Tomori (25) reached 100 appearances for AC Milan and also gave a message to the fans in full Italian.
Paulo Maldini: "As I always say, this is the first of many big milestones you can achieve in the Rossoneri shirt." pic.twitter.com/Fc58LTnfXg
— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) May 2, 2023
Marc Guehi – £21million
Earlier this summer, the Evening Standard claimed that Chelsea were interested in bringing Guehi back to the club. It’s probably fair to say that Guehi would cost more these days than the £21million Chelsea sold him for in 2021.
The 23-year-old has developed well since arriving at Crystal Palace and is now a fully-fledged England international. It’s no wonder so many top sides have been chasing him this summer.
Tino Livramento – £5.3million
Chelsea made around £5.3million when they sold Livramento to Southampton and they will have made even more on the player this summer after he completed his £32million move to Newcastle.
As Chelsea had smartly inserted a sell-on clause into the contract, they will have made a healthy chunk of change on the transfer this summer. Savvy business indeed.
Tammy Abraham – £36million
Abraham impressed during his first full season with the first team as he hit 18 goals across all competitions. Lampard knew how to get the best out of the big man and Chelsea were reaping the benefits.
The forward wasn’t quite as prolific in his second season though and the club soon made the decision to cash in once Roma had come calling.
“I’ve become more confident and have learnt a lot about myself,” Abraham told UEFA’s official website. “At Chelsea, I was known as ‘the academy player’, and I think coming here I’ve realised it’s time to bring out my personality and show the world what I can do.
“It’s been an amazing experience learning about a different culture and seeing a different area of life. It’s something I’ll treasure even more looking back when my career has finished.”
Tammy Abraham gets on the scoresheet for Roma! 🎯
A big goal for the England forward 👊 pic.twitter.com/hgt1AlvMqY
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) April 16, 2023
Ike Ugbo – £3.1million
The Canadian forward never made a first-team appearance for Chelsea, but they still managed to sell him for £3.1million on the back of five loan spells.
Genk paid around £3.1million for his services, but it wasn’t long until he was on the move again. After a loan spell with Troyes, the French club snapped him up last year. He’s now back in English football and will spend the upcoming season with Cardiff City on loan.
Jay Dasilva – £2.1million
Another youngster who never quite made the cut at Stamford Bridge. Dasilva has forged a solid career at Championship level since leaving, playing for the likes of Bristol City and now Coventry City.
Kasey Palmer – £3.4million
The attacking midfielder quickly jumped on the loan conveyor belt at Chelsea as he spent four years out on loan before finally leaving the club on a permanent basis.
Bristol City snapped Palmer up in the end, but the Jamaica international never quite hit the heights expected at Ashton Gate. These days you can catch him playing for Coventry.
Jeremie Boga – £2.7million
The tricky winger made just one first-team appearance under Antonio Conte before the club cashed in. Sassuolo stumped up the cash to bring him in and they eventually sold him on for a profit to Atalanta.
Jonathan Panzo – £2.7million
Monaco liked the look of Panzo while in the Chelsea youth system and decided to sign him for a reported fee of £2.7million. Fast forward a couple of years and the defender is now back in English football playing for Nottingham Forest.