Paying a big fee for a single footballer can be a huge risk for a football club as there is a 50/50 chance on whether or not they will be a success or not. 

When you look at the likes of Michu and Christian Benteke in the Premier League, you could easily say they have done a fantastic job for their low price-tags, but what happens when it's the other way round.

The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have endless money available to spend on players and just because as a club they are successful, it doesn't mean all their big signings will be successful and more often than not, they actually end up selling their big signings for a massive loss.

With Liverpool striker Andy Carroll set to make his loan move to West Ham United permanent after the club had a £15million bid accepted, which is a £20million loss for Liverpool as they signed him for £35million, we thought it would be a good idea to look back into previous transfer fee losses in the Premier League.

Below are the biggest fees lost after signing for big money.

Andy Carroll | Liverpool to West Ham United | Loss of £20million

As I have already mentioned, Carroll is just days away from completing his move to West Ham on a permanent basis and in fact it was announced that the striker had passed a medical at the club.

Signed by Liverpool from Newcastle United for a whopping £35million, which made him the biggest transfer fee involving an Englishman, the striker never really made an impact at Anfield and was eventually sent out on-loan to Upton Park where he will now stay.

Dimitar Berbatov | Manchester United to Fulham | Loss of £27million

Signed by United from Tottenham Hotspur for a massive £30million and then sold to Fulham a few years later for as little as £3million, a massive loss and a massive waste of money.

Despite gaining some good goal tallies in Premier League campaigns, Dimitar Berbatov never really cemented his first-team spot and was never really liked by Sir Alex Ferguson.

His lazy attitude didn't help his label either, but you have to admit, for someone who walks around the pitch, he can certainly play.

Andriy Shevchenko | Chelsea to Dynamo Kyiv | Loss of £31million

At the time of the deal, Shevchenko was one of the deadliest strikers in world football and when he signed for Chelsea, everyone was tipping him to set the Premier League alight. Well....he didn't.

A very poor goal-record at Stamford Bridge was then backed up by two loan-moves away from the club and eventually he signed for the Ukranian side for free.

Robinho | Manchester City to AC Milan | Loss of £16.5million

In 2008, City were brought out by very rich owners and they then secured a massive signing as they brought in Brazilian Robinho on transfer deadline day.

The forward eventually chose the Etihad Stadium over Stamford Bridge and then had only one successful year for City.

They spent a massive £32.5million on the Brazilian and eventually sold him to AC Milan for a small £16million.

Andrey Arshavin | Arsenal to No Club | Loss of £15million

The little Russian was signed by Arsenal and was the club's record transfer fee, but after having one successful season, the honeymoon wore off for Arshavin and he then stuttered and spent the rest of his Arsenal career on the bench.

His torrid time at the Emirates Stadium came to an end this summer after the club finally released the Russian eventually meaning the club losing out on £15million.


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