It’s been a turbulent summer transfer window for Chelsea to say the least with several big-money signings having already left the club so far.
Chelsea spent a whopping £323million to sign the players they have lost in this window and even more departures are expected in the following weeks.
We’ve compiled an amazing XI of players that Chelsea have sold this summer as Mauricio Pochettino looks to rebuild the squad from the ground up.
GK: Edouard Mendy
Fresh off a subpar 2022-23 campaign, it’s easy to forget just how good Mendy was during his peak. Signed for £22million in September 2020, he looked like the answer to Chelsea’s goalkeeping problem.
He played a crucial role in Chelsea winning the Champions League during his debut season and was even won the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award for his efforts that year. He’s now set to earn a whopping £9.4million annual salary with Al-Ahli.
Which of these amazing Edouard Mendy saves is your favourite? 🧤
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 24, 2022
RB: Dujon Sterling
Around the time of his Chelsea debut in 2017, Sterling was tipped for the very top. The upcoming defender joined Chelsea at the under-8 level and quickly rose through the youth ranks.
He spent four loan spells away from the club and this summer seemed like the best time to move on. Now donning the blue of Rangers, the 23-year-old still has a bright future in the game.
CB: Cesar Azpilicueta
After 11 years of service, Azpilicueta finally called it quits at Stamford Bridge. At his best, the Spanish defender was one of the best defenders in the league and his presence will sure be missed at the club.
The 33-year-old, otherwise known as Dave, cost Chelsea just £7million back in 2012. As he moves on to Atletico Madrid, it’s fair to say Chelsea got their money’s worth.
His departing video shows exactly what the club meant to him. We’re not crying, you are.
César Azpilicueta. 🎩
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 6, 2023
CB: Kalidou Koulibaly
The same can’t be said for Koulibaly. He came with a huge expectation after signing for a fee of around £33million last summer. The only real saving grace is the fact Chelsea managed to recoup £20million of that when selling him to Al-Hilal.
LB: Baba Rahman
The Ghanaian full-back spent eight years at Stamford Bridge and made just 23 appearances in that time. Back in the day, he didn’t come cheap either as he cost the club a fee of up to £22million back in 2015.
Like plenty of other Chelsea stars over the years, he spent the majority of his time at the club out on loan. He played for five different clubs across eight loan spells and has now joined PAOK on a permanent basis.
CM: Tiemoue Bakayoko
The French midfielder was part of the iconic AS Monaco side of 2016-17 which also featured the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Joao Moutinho.
Unfortunately for Bakayoko, his career didn’t take off like some of his Monaco teammates after leaving the club. Chelsea spent £40million on the midfielder and that soon turned out to be a mistake. Nothing seemed to go his way in London.
Seeing some Chelsea fans saying they want Bakayoko to stay.
Let me remind you why that’s a bad idea.. pic.twitter.com/hRTsklSy7C
— Conn (@ConnCFC) July 1, 2019
CM: Mateo Kovacic
“A lovely guy, a humble guy, and so interested in sports,” Thomas Tuchel told reporters when discussing Kovacic last year. “Even at Real Madrid, I was aware of his talent, and I felt there was a next step coming.”
Goals and assists don’t really do a player like Kovacic justice. He kept things ticking along for Chelsea and after signing for around £38million, he soon became a fan favourite.
CM: N’Golo Kante
We can’t help but love the guy.
RW: Christian Pulisic
After joining Chelsea for a whopping £58million back in 2019, he is now set to depart for just £20million. A move to AC Milan is close to being finalised and Pulisic will hope this will signal a new beginning in his career.
Following some frustrating years in London, a move this summer is probably best for each party involved. We hope he rediscovers that spark in Italy.
LW: Mason Mount
This one will still sting. “I know some of you won’t be happy with my decision, but it’s what’s right for me at this moment in my career,” Mount told Chelsea fans in his goodbye message.
Following a subpar season last time, it’s easy to forget just how good Mount has been for Chelsea. He was only five appearances off the 200 mark for the club too.
ST: Kai Havertz
Chelsea fans will forever be thankful for that goal in the Champions League final, but Havertz ultimately underwhelmed while at Stamford Bridge.
The club did well, in the end, to get back £65million of the £71million they had originally spent back in 2020. He now joins a long list of players to have played for both Arsenal and Chelsea.