All the young Blues: Chukwuemeka, Slonina and Chelsea’s recent history of teenage transfers

On this article we are going to take a look at the Chelsea teenage transfers of all time.

All the young Blues: Chukwuemeka, Slonina and Chelsea's recent history of teenage transfers

The club’s previous record in bringing in young
players is mixed – but does include some future
superstars

Chelsea have not had it all their own way in the
transfer market this summer, as their failed
pursuits of Jules Kounde and Raphinha
demonstrate.
However, the Blues can finally chalk up one in the
win column after they beat Milan and Barcelona to
the signing of Aston Villa prospect Carney
Chukwuemeka.
Rangy midfielder Chukwuemeka comes with
glowing reviews and finished 37th in GOAL ‘s 2022
ranking of the best wonderkids in the world.
Confirmation of that agreement was soon followed
by another young arrival – Chicago Fire goalkeeper
Gabriel Slonina.
Chelsea have a history of chancing their arm on
precocious young talent, with mixed results.
GOAL has taken a look back through the history
book to remember some of the other fresh-faced
teenagers who arrived Stamford Bridge before their
20th birthday.

First up on the list is former England international
Johnson, who moved across London to Chelsea
from West Ham for £6m in July 2003.
The 18-year-old was the first confirmed signing of
Roman Abramovich’s ownership and he made 71
appearances for the Blues over the next four years,
picking up a Premier League winners’ medal along
the way.
Johnson left Chelsea to join Portsmouth in 2007 in
search of more regular minutes, and went on to
play for Liverpool before retiring in 2019.

Jon Obi Mikel joined Chelsea from Norwegian outfit
Lyn Oslo in the summer of 2006 after a
controversial year-long legal battle that saw him
perform a U-turn after initially being presented as a
Manchester United player.
The fresh-faced 19-year-old quickly became a key
player for the Blues under Jose Mourinho and went
on to win two Premier League titles and the
Champions League with the club, before eventually
departing in 2017.

Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City) Free
transfer
Chelsea snapped Daniel Sturridge up on a free
transfer on July 3, 2009 – three days after the
expiration of his contract at City, where he had
spent the first three years of his career.
Sturridge scored a respectable 24 goals in 96
games for the Blues despite rarely getting much of
a run in the starting XI, and became a Premier
League and Champions League winner before
being shipped off to Liverpool for £12m in 2013.

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Thibaut Courtois (Genk) £7m
Chelsea paid just £7m to sign 19-year-old Courtois
from Belgian outfit Genk in July 2011, and
immediately sent him out on loan to Atletico
Madrid.
Courtois established himself among the
goalkeeping elite during his two-year stay in
Madrid, winning a Liga title and playing in a
Champions League final before returning to
England ahead of the 2014-15 season.
The shot-stopper then nailed down the No.1 spot
in Chelsea’s starting XI and helped them win two
Premier League titles along with the FA Cup and
League Cup, but ended up forcing through a move
to Real Madrid in 2018.

Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht) £14m
Lukaku announced himself as one of the most
talented young players in Europe during his two-
year stint at Anderlecht, who he fired to the Belgian
Pro League title in 2009-10 by scoring 15 goals.
The striker netted another 20 across all
competitions the following season, earning a £14
million move to Chelsea in the process, but he was
ultimately unable to make his mark on the first
team.
After failing to score in just 15 senior outings
across three years, he was sold to Everton, but did
return to Chelsea in a club-record £98m ($119m)
deal from Inter last summer.
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Andreas Christensen (Brondby) Free transfer
Christensen was only 15 years old when Chelsea
snapped him up from Brondby in February 2015.
The Danish defender was officially unveiled by the
west London club that summer, but had to wait
until October 2014 to make his senior debut in a
League Cup clash with Shrewsbury Town.
Christensen was then loaned to Borussia
Monchengladbach, where he gained vital
experience playing regularly in the Bundesliga, and
he returned to Chelsea in 2017 ready to make his
mark.
The centre-back appeared in a total of 160 games
for the Blues, winning five trophies, but decided to
run down his final contract and joined Barcelona
on a free transfer in July 2022.

Thorgan Hazard (Lens) £450,000
Hazard moved to Chelsea from Lens in July 24,
shortly after seeing his brother Eden join the Blues
from Lille.
The winger was immediately sent out on loan to
Zulte Waregem in Belgium, and a loan spell at
Borussia Monchengladbach followed as he was
unable to force his way into the first team picture
at Stamford Bridge.
While his older sibling was earning a reputation
among the top attackers on the continent, Thorgan
was eventually sold to Gladbach in 2015, where he
stayed for another four years before joining
Borussia Dortmund.
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Kurt Zouma (Saint-Etienne) £13m
Zouma signed for Chelsea in a £13m deal back in
January 2014, and joined up with his new team-
mates that summer after seeing out his final
season at Saint-Etienne on loan.
The Frenchman won five trophies at Stamford
Bridge, including two Premier League titles and the
Champions League, and managed 151
appearances across his seven-year spell with the
Blues before he was sold to West Ham for £30m
($36m) last summer.

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Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire) £12.3m
Slonina became the latest teenage prospect to be
unveiled at Chelsea on August 2, 2022, as he
arrived on a six-year contract from American outfit
the Chicago Fire.
The 18-year-old is set to head back to Chicago on
loan to see out the remainder of the 2022 MLS
season, but will be integrated into the Blues’ first-
team ranks in the new year.
Slonina has been earmarked as one for the future
after an impressive start to his career, having
become the youngest starting MLS player in history
when making his debut for the Chicago Fire in
August 2021.
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Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) £20m
Chelsea pulled off one of the surprise moves of the
2022 summer transfer window by announcing a
deal for Aston Villa midfielder Chukwuemeka.
The 18-year-old is now set to move to west
London for £20m, bringing to an end his five-year
stay at Villa Park.
Chukwuemeka broke into Villa’s first team in
2021-22, making 14 appearances in all
competitions, and Chelsea fans will hope he can
deliver on his considerable potential in the coming
years.

4 Comments

  1. I pleaded on chelsea to lead the stay of Trevoh Chalobah, the young starlet is having a better future there in chelsea, he has every means to contribute to the chelsea deffeence line.

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