As Chelsea splash out £32 million on Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Diego Costa - fresh from helping Atletico Madrid win their first Liga title in 18 years and reaching the Champions League final with his 35 goals - we take a look at some of the strikers who have made it at Stamford Bridge since Russian owner Roman Abramovich bought the London club in 2003, others who haven't, and one guy who could fit into both categories.
Four blue chip strikers
Has to be regarded as one of the best pieces of business in the club's history with Chelsea paying £24 million to sign the Ivory Coast forward from Marseille in 2004. Scored 157 goals in 341 games, and signed off a glorious eight years by netting the winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. In Munich. Continues to be revered by the club's fans, who have pictures of their former forward plastered all over the ground.
The Icelandic player was another forward who contributed heartily to Chelsea's first Premier League success in 2005. Scored 54 goals in 186 appearances before Barcelona paid around £10 million for the forward to replace the departing Henrik Larsson in 2006. Spent six seasons at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea making a profit on the striker.
Anelka was handed a wide role having arrived from Bolton for £15 million in 2008, but still chipped in with 59 goals in 184 appearances. Won five trophies during his stay at the club including the Champions League and Premier League.
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The Dutch forward spent one season under Abramovich in 2004, but signed off with 87 goals in 177 matches. Over a four-year period, that is a heroic enough contribution.
Four of the very worst flops
Kezman arrived from PSV Eindhoven in 2004 boasting 129 goals in four years, but the Serbian forward managed only seven in 41 appearances for Chelsea before being moved onto Atletico Madrid.
Mutu cost £15.8 million from Parma, and made an immediate impact with four goals in his first three matches. But he apparently became seduced by the bright lights of London. Ended up failing a drugs test, and wound up in Serie A. Failed another doping test with Fiorentina in Italy.
Managed just 22 goals in 77 matches after Chelsea paid Milan £30.8 million to land him in 2005. Accusations persist that he was only signed because of his friendship with Abramovich rather than being wanted by Jose in his first spell at the club. But he was a success compared to the next man up.
Doesn't matter how you like to dress it up, Torres has been a huge waste of money since moving from Liverpool for £50 million in 2011. 45 goals in 172 matches tells its own story.
And a bloke who made both lists (you can decide which category Hernan Crespo falls into. We couldn't.)
Argentina's Hernan Crespo was a forward who actually had a good record at Chelsea. He scored 20 goals in 49 appearances, but over three seasons that is not a lot of matches. Especially when Chelsea paid £16.8 million to land him from Inter Milan in 2003. Helped the club win the Premier League, but his face didn't fit. For whatever reason. Spent time on loan at AC Milan, scoring twice in the 2005 Champions League final, which Liverpool won from 3-0 behind after extra-time and penalties.
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