Biggest Transfer Misses in Roman Abramovich's Reign at Chelsea

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Biggest Transfer Misses in Roman Abramovich's Reign at Chelsea
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Roman Abramovich’s decision to buy Chelsea Football Club has created a platform for the Blues to have legitimate dynastic aspirations.

With the exception of signing Petr Čech and Ashley Cole, the large majority of Abramovich’s transfer dealings have been economically inefficient.

For a self-made billionaire, he bizarrely screws himself over by consistently giving in to hard-line transfer negotiation tactics from opposing clubs.

The Claude Makélélé deal epitomises this thought. Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez wanted the Frenchman out and Makélélé didn’t want to stay at a club that devalued his services. How on earth did his transfer fee inflate to £16.8 million? Real’s loss was Chelsea’s gain because Makélélé was superb throughout his tenure with the Blues—hence why he won’t be on the list.

So, what are the prerequisites for a big transfer miss? It has to be a player that didn't live up to an inflated transfer fee. 

With regards to why Adrian Mutu isn’t on the list, José Mourinho suspected the Romanian was on cocaine, but there wasn’t any concrete evidence to conclude that Mutu was an addict. 

The Blues were right to take a risk on him because he was one of the most naturally gifted footballers in the world.

Mateja Kežman was disappointing during his spell with Chelsea but £5 million for a forward that had scored 78 goals in his last 86 games was a bargain—that is why you can’t include Kežman as a big transfer miss.

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