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Since buying Chelsea for £140 million back in July 2003, Roman Abramovich has ploughed his Russian roubles into transforming Chelsea from a team capable of pushing for a top four spot to a team capable of winning the Premier League and Champions League.

The likes of Petr Cech, Hernan Crespo, Arjen Robben and Andriy Shevchenko were ushered in initially under the guidance of one Jose Mourinho, though eight more managers have followed since.

These players helped, in their own way, to transform the Blues into a team of world beaters, and Abramovich’s era has seen them win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League.

The £50 million capture of Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011 only added to the vast fortune Abramovich has invested in bringing quality players to Stamford Bridge, and he has since spent a further £100 million on bringing the likes of Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Marko Marin, Oscar, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses to the club last summer.

But Chelsea have had a quiet transfer window this month, buying in just Demba Ba from Newcastle whilst letting Daniel Sturridge leave for Liverpool.

With the transfer deadline looming on Thursday, does Benitez have one more trick up his sleeve?

Here are 5 shocking moves he could make before the window shuts.

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This article was first posted on January 29, 2013