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Who is the most expensive departure in Chelsea history?

Countless superstars have entered through Stamford Bridge’s doors and exited out the other side, but who is the most expensive departure in Chelsea history?

Here are the top ten heftiest out goings for the Blues:

Eden Hazard (£130m to Real Madrid)

Signing for Real Madrid is very often the pinnacle of a player’s career. For Eden Hazard, it was a ‘dream’ move.

Unfortunately, his fantasy has been nothing short of a nightmare.

The once brilliant Belgian left Chelsea in 2019 to join Los Blancos for a club-record fee of £130m (Sky Sports).

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Injuries have since ravaged Hazard’s spell in Spain and he now looks a shell of his former sparkling self.

Oscar (£60m to Shanghai SIPG)

This transfer caused a lot of head scratching.

Oscar had just helped the Blues to another league title, his second in South West London, before he decided to set sail for Shanghai SIPG for £60m (BBC Sport) in 2017.

Granted, he scored on his debut, but has since admitted he ‘would like to return to Chelsea’ (Guardian). Think you’ve missed your chance Oscar…

Alvaro Morata (£58.3m to Atletico Madrid)

Alvaro Morata earned folk law status at Chelsea for mainly all the wrong reasons.

He scored just 24 times in 72 appearances, failed to impact in the Premier League and was eventually loaned out to Atletico Madrid in 2019.

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The La Liga giants sealed his signature permanently for £58.3m (Sky Sports), but then also loaned him out to Juventus last September.

Diego Costa (£57m to Atletico Madrid)

Diego Costa came to Chelsea from Atletico in 2014, won the Premier League twice, earned two Player of the Month awards, then re-joined Atletico four years later.

Costa’s former coach, Diego Simeone, couldn’t bear to see his star striker shine in England, so forked out £57m (Sky Sports) to bring him back to the club that put him on Chelsea’s radar.

David Luiz (£40m to Paris Saint Germain)

David Luiz was unable to decide which end of the English Channel he wanted to settle on.

Having arrived at Chelsea in 2011, the Brazilian defender then ferried over to Paris Saint Germain in 2014 for £40m (BBC Sport).

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A couple of Ligue 1 triumphs later, Luiz was wearing dark blue once more for the 2016/17 season.

Nemanja Matic (£40m to Manchester United)

In an attempt to foil his former side, Jose Mourinho stole Nemanja Matic off Chelsea a year after becoming Manchester United manager in 2017.

Mourinho paid £40m (BBC Sport) for the midfielder who had been crucial in Antonio Conte’s league triumph in the previous campaign.

Juan Mata (£37.1m to Manchester United)

Chelsea fans to this day will tell you how disappointed they were to see Juan Mata leave in 2014.

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He had been an excellent addition to the team until Manchester United snapped him up, a deal that hasn’t quite worked out for the silky Spaniard.

Thibaut Courtois (£35m to Real Madrid)

Thibaut Courtois confirmed himself as Chelsea’s no.1 goalkeeper after taking the reins from Petr Cech.

This clearly wasn’t enough for him, so he decided to become no.1 at Real Madrid in 2018, switching to Spain for £35m (BBC Sport).

Romelu Lukaku (£28m to Everton)

Romelu Lukaku has smashed in goals all over the globe, except for Chelsea, whom he left to sign for Everton in 2014 for £28m (BBC Sport).

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After scoring 190 times for the Toffees, Manchester United, and Inter Milan combined, Lukaku could be set for a groundbreaking reunion with the Blues (Daily Mail).

Andre Schurrle (£26.9m to Borussia Dortmund)

Andre Schurrle sneaks onto this list for his £26.9m (Sky Sports) transfer to Borussia Dortmund in 2016.

He never truly settled in the English capital and decided his efforts were best spent in his native country.

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