TT’s Top 5: Premier League’s most expensive transfer mistakes

Date published: Tuesday 2nd August 2016 9:43

Andriy Shevchenko: An expensive mistake by Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko: An expensive mistake by Chelsea

With Manchester United set to break the world transfer record for Paul Pogba, we name our five worst-ever big-money Premier League investments.

After a television deal worth £5.163billion, Premier League clubs have more money than ever before. With the influx of money into football, transfer prices are becoming inflated to the point that a once-ludicrous £20million is now seen as relatively modest.

Yet, as the old saying goes, money doesn’t always buy you happiness. Here we take a look at the times when a big money transfer hasn’t paid off.

 

5th: Robinho – £32.5m

Robinho was Man City's record signing

Man City’s capture of Robinho in 2008 is still seen as a landmark moment for the club.  Beating off competition from Chelsea for the boy pegged as ‘the new Pele’, Manchester City shelled out £32.5million for the Real Madrid star, becoming the Premier League’s most expensive signing in the process. The Brazilian started brightly, but fell away rapidly, scoring just once in his second season against Scunthorpe, and blaming the league for crushing his style of play.

 

4th: Andriy Shevchenko – £30m

 

Shevchenko arrived in England with a glistening reputation in 2006, following a hugely successful spell at AC Milan. His price tag of £30million was a club and British record back then, and the 29-year-old was seen as one of the world’s top strikers. After scoring on his debut against Liverpool, however, the once-hailed striker found his goals few and far between, and the reputation he had built up in Italy crumbled. He scored 22 goals in 77 appearances at a cost of over £1million per goal and was eventually deemed surplus to requirements and sealing a return to Milan.

 

3rd: Juan Sebastian Veron – £28.1m

Juan Sebastian Veron: Cost United £28m

Another South American, another British transfer record. In 2001, £28.1million for a midfielder was an astronomical sum of money, and Veron was seen as the key playmaker in a Manchester United team in transition. However, he failed to establish himself in the team and, after averaging less than an assist every seven games, he was sold to Chelsea for £15million, where he fared equally as badly.

 

2nd: Andy Carroll – £35m

Carroll cost Liverpool £35million

On 31 January 2011, Kenny Dalglish signed two new strikers to lead Liverpool’s strike force. One became a Liverpool legend and left for Barcelona after nearly guiding them to the title. The other was Andy Carroll; he cost Liverpool £35million from Newcastle and is still the second most expensive British footballer in history.

In two years at Anfield, he scored six Premier League goals for the Reds in 44 appearances at a cost of approximately £6million per goal. Injuries plagued his time at Anfield, and he left for West Ham in 2013.

 

1st: Fernando Torres – £50m

In arguably the Premier League’s most memorable transfer deadline day, Chelsea paid Liverpool £50million to sign Spain striker Torres and make him the sixth most expensive footballer ever. The rest is history – each of his 20 goals for the club cost £2.5million a piece and he became a laughing stock, going from one of the world’s best strikers to becoming the face of transfer flops. His struggle was epitomised at Old Trafford, where he rounded De Gea only to miss the open net.

However, the saving grace for Torres is that with transfer fees continuing to rise, it is likely that in a few years £50million may not look too expensive after all. For now he is king of the flops, but he will face stiff competition over the coming years for that prize.

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  • #1141509

    Stewart Dent
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    With Manchester United set to break the world transfer record for Paul Pogba, we name our five worst-ever big-money Premier League signings.

    [See the full post at: TT’s Top 5: Premier League’s most expensive transfer mistakes]

    #1141548

    Johnny Utah
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    Surprised Angel Di Maria didn’t make, broke the transfer record and was hopeless. Bought for 60m, sold for around 35m 12 months later. Horrendous signing.

    #1141584
    theMartial Art
    theMartial Art
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    Di Maria was bought for £63.75 and sold £53.55 (http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/angel-di-maria/profil/spieler/45320)

    #1141605

    Johnny Utah
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    Both of those figures are wrong.

    #1141608
    Alfie07
    Alfie07
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    Lol

    #1141635
    theMartial Art
    theMartial Art
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    Ok sir! £63.75m and sold £53.55m

    #1141701

    Johnny Utah
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/manchester-united-made-a-225m-loss-by-selling-angel-di-maria-to-psg-because-the-euro-was-weak-10482803.html#gallery

    59.7m sold for 44m. I got the second figure wrong, you got both lol

    Exchange rates made the loss bigger though, whoops! Still a horrendous signing.

    #1141707
    hatters
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    Di Maria was bought for 59 million pound and sold for 44 million. He also was the joint top assist maker in th EPL in that season despite hardly playing for the last 3 months.

    It didn’t work out because he was unhappy, failed to report to pre-season and then forced a move.

    There are many worse deals than that Johnny. If the club had the opportunity to sign a player of that calibre again I would be happy with the signing.

    No transfers are guaranteed.

    #1141722

    Johnny Utah
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    I didn’t say it was the worst, just one of the worst. Will Raheem Sterling be one it soon?

    #1141734
    SeanT
    SeanT
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    Isn’t Sterling already Johnny?
    I know he only cost 12 million, but can we include Afonso Alves on this list? Our record signing and he was pure garbage. Let’s put money to goals/assists/performances, and he’ll easily make top 5.

    #1141758
    mark_ozzy
    mark_ozzy
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    Sterling had 11 goals and 10 assists in his first season. Hardly going to make the list based on that is he

    #1141770

    Johnny Utah
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    When you think of all the huge buys only KDB stands out as a success that I can think of. Big transfers don’t seem to work in the English game.

    #1141779
    hatters
    hatters
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    @Johnny. Fair enough, Di Maria was a bad transfer in the end.

    As for Sterling, I reckon it’s too early to judge him. He’s got a long way to go in his career yet which means City still might get a big fee in the future and he still could improve from the decent stats he posted last year.

    His end product leaves a lot to be desired but he can still improve and remains a big talent.

    #1141821
    Manthistle
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    Plenty of big signings are successful. You only have to look at the fees paid by City and Chelsea in the past and what they’ve won since. Players like Aguero, Toure, Silva, Drogba, Hazard, etc. Even at Utd with Rooney and Rio and more recently De Gea and Martial.

    I actually think Falcao was a worse signing than di Maria. di Maria was in no way a flop though.

    #1141881
    srd79
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    Even if Di Maria made a lot of assists, I have to agree with Johnny Utah. All things considered, Di Maria turned out to be a bad transfer. Never settled, sold on with a loss. Of course, as Hatters says, no transfer comes with a guarantee, but still, I doubt even Di Maria himself considers his time at United as anything but a failure.

    Other bad transfers:

    Massimo Taibi – utter crap. Especially compared to the man he was supposed to replace.

    Roberto Soldado – that was quite a bit of cash for basically nothing.

    Afonso Alves wasn’t a particularly great transfer either.

    #1141905
    mark_ozzy
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    The Brazilian lad Jo who we paid nearly £20 million for. Scored something like 5 goals in 50 games and then left. Back in 2008 that was a lot of money. These days that would get you a promising youth player, or a decent-ish established player

    #1141917

    Johnny Utah
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    I sorta meant recent huge transfers, say over 40m. Even Ozil hasn’t been a huge success, Di Maria and Sterling, Martial was alright. KDB is the only definite success

    #1141968

    Johnny Utah
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    Mangala cost 42m, another disappointment

    #1142007
    shanksy
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    hahaha when has the warroturd ever got anything right?

    #1142019
    SeanT
    SeanT
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    I dunno Shanksy, but I always admired that wonderful chest control of Fellaini’s.

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