Manchester United are guilty of wasting the most money on transfers with the now-departed Angel Di Maria and Marouane Fellani the two biggest flops, according to a transfer survey.
The Soccerex Transfer Review studied the value of Premier League players signed within the past three years who failed to play 50 per cent of their club’s total minutes last season. Premier League clubs spent £885.85m on new players this summer – a 14 per cent rise on last year.
The report concluded that United’s rarely-used players amounted to the most expensive in the division with over £117million of talent left rotting on the sidelines for much of last season. Heading that list was Argentina playmaker Di Maria, who arrived from Real Madrid for £59.7m. The 27-year-old signed a five-year deal last August and made an encouraging start to life at Old Trafford scoring three league goals in his first five games, but his form dipped badly soon after and he failed to score again in the league after October 2014. He made 27 Premier League appearances for Louis Van Gaal and missed more than half of his team’s playing time and was last month sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £44million – a near £16million loss.
Belgian international Fellaini has also been deemed an expensive mistake by the study with the 27-year-old restricted to the substitute’s bench for much of last season. Fellaini was a last-minute transfer deadline day buy from Everton for £27.5million in 2013. The former Standard Liege man has only made one appearance in the league this season and has chalked up just 43 Premier League appearances since his arrival two years ago.
The survey found £560million worth of players signed by Premier League sides over the last three seasons were used in 50 per cent or less of the total minutes of their club’s season.
- Manchester United £117m
- Tottenham £100m
- Manchester City £53.3m
- Liverpool £50.4m
- Arsenal £34.3
- Chelsea £32.8m
lf their club’s playing time in 2014/15.
At the opposite end of the scale the study rated Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez the most profitable signing after he played 86 per cent of Arsenal’s minutes in 2014/15 – more than any other recent signing in Europe’s top five leagues. The former Barcelona man was a £35million recruit from the Nou Camp last summer and he had a fantastic debut season in the top flight, scoring 16 times for the Gunners.
Meanwhile, United trio Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, who spent most of last season injured, played just 55 per cent, 48 per cent and 33 per cent of the minutes respectively last season.