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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 July, 2004, 20:21 GMT 21:21 UK
Chelsea transfers in pictures
Wayne Bridge, Glen Johnson, Claudio Ranieri, Damien Duff, Marco Ambrosio and Geremi
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Wayne Bridge (7m), Glen Johnson (6m), Damien Duff (17m), Marco Ambrosio (free) and Geremi (7m) all join within a week of each other in July 2003
Joe Cole, Claudio Ranieri and Juan Sebastian Veron
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Claudio Ranieri is the man entrusted with Roman Abramovich's millions and West Ham's Joe Cole (6.6m) and Manchester United's Juan Sebastian Veron (15m) soon follow
Adrian Mutu and Hernan Crespo
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Adrian Mutu (15.8m) and Hernan Crespo (16.8m) also hop aboard the Chelsea bandwagon in August as Ranieri looks to bolster his strike force with two European heavyweights
Alexei Smertin
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Russian captain and midfield general Alexei Smertin joins for a piffling 3.5m just after the start of last season - and is swiftly loaned out to Portsmouth
Claude Makelele
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Abramovich ends last summer's spending spree with the signing of Real Madrid dynamo Claude Makelele for 16m - a player expected to be the final piece in the Chelsea jigsaw
Scott Parker
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But another midfielder, Scott Parker (10m), is poached from Charlton in the January transfer window as Abramovich's Russian revolution continues apace
Petr Cech
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Rennes and Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech (7m) was signed back in February but is effectively this summer's first arrival and will challenge Italian stopper Carlo Cudicini
Peter Kenyon and Jose Mourinho
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Having himself been lured from Manchester United at the end of 2003, Peter Kenyon pulls off perhaps Chelsea's biggest coup by landing Porto coach Jose Mourinho in June
Paulo Ferreira
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Mourinho immediately gets stuck in to Roman's fortune and persuades his right-back at Porto, Paulo Ferreira, to join him at Chelsea for 13.2m
Mateja Kezman and Arjen Robben
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Serbian striker Mateja Kezman (5m) follows Dutch winger Arjen Robben out of PSV Eindhoven and into Stamford Bridge as Mourinho goes into overdrive
Didier Drogba
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And Marseille's prolific striker Didier Drogba is finally landed for around 24m after weeks of fishing and will be Chelsea's new spearhead for the coming season
Tiago Mendes
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Benfica midfielder Tiago (fee thought to be 10m) takes Chelsea's spending over the last year to approximately 190m
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Central defender Ricardo Carvalho's capture for 19.85m seems to have completed Mourinho's Chelsea jigsaw





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