The defensive midfielder has a very important role to play in football. They have the main duty of deciding the attack of the enemy.
Chelsea is a Premier League club that has a lot to do with the defensive midfielder. They've brought in a lot of high-quality defensive midfielder over the years.
Who are the most expensive defensive midfielder Chelsea has ever bought? Here are the five players in the top slot.
Chelsea brought Claude Makelele back in the 2000/2001 season. The French middleman was brought in from Real Madrid at a price of EUR 20 million.
Makelele has been defending Chelsea for eight seasons. The former Marseille player was able to gain success at the Stamford Bridge.
Makelele won two titles in the Premier League. Before continuing his career at the PSG, he made 217 appearances for the Blues.
4. Nemanja Matic (25 million 25 euros)
After being returned to Benfica, Chelsea repatriated Nemanja Matic for the 2013/2014 season. At that point, the Serbian midfielder was redeemed for EUR 25 million.
Matic was able to find success on a second chance with the London club. He won two Premier League cups, one FA Cup and one Blues League Cup.
The former Vitesse player remained at the Stamford Bridge until 2016/2017 before leaving for Manchester United. Matic played in 154 matches with Chelsea.
3. Michael Essien (38 million euros)
Michael Essien transferred to Chelsea for EUR 38 million in the 2005-06 season. He was the one who took the Ghanaian player to the Stamford Bridge.
Essien was able to make an excellent show at Chelsea. He was able to deliver the Blues to nine titles.
The former Lyon player played in Chelsea until 2013/2014. He made 256 appearances with a score of 25 goals and 18 assists before the Blues left.
2. Tiemoue Bakayoko ( 40 million euros)
Chelsea bought Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco for the 2017/2018 season. At the time, the Blues had to spend EUR 40 million to get the player to the Stamford Bridge.
Even though he had already been redeemed for a high price, Bakayoko was not able to break into the Chelsea squad. In the last three seasons, Bakayoko has always been on loan to different clubs.
Bakayoko is currently playing with Napoli in Series A. The 26-year-old made 25 matches for Partenopei this season.
1. Jorginho (57 Million euros)
Jorginho was brought to Chelsea by Maurizio Sarri in the 2018/2019 season. He was taken from Napoli by the Blues at a cost of EUR 57 million.
Jorginho led Chelsea to win the Europa League in his first season at Stamford Bridge. He also managed to lead the Blues to the FA Cup and League Cup finals.
While Sarri left Chelsea, the 28-year-old middleman is still an important player in the club. To date, Jorginho has made 119 appearances with 14 goals and three assists.
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