With a number of big money moves made, or on the cards this summer, we take a look at what can go wrong if a big money signing fails to make the grade at his new club.

We will look at the loss in value that poor form can bring as we recall five of the biggest financial loss making transfers in the Premier League.

Tied 4. Emmanuel Adebayor: Tied in fourth for the most money lost on a transfer fee, Adebayor ditched Arsenal and made a move to big spending Manchester City in 2009 for £25million. The player fell down the pecking order under Roberto Mancini and had loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, before moving permanently to White Hart Lane in August 2012 for £5million.  

Bought for: £25m (2009)

Sold for: £5m (2012)


Tied 4. Andy Carroll: His big money move was sparked by Chelsea's swoop for Fernando Torres on deadline day. The move to Liverpool as Torres' replacement in 2011 earned him the tag of most expensive British footballer of all time. 

In August 2012 Carroll was loaned to West Ham as he was not part of newly appointed manager Brendan Rogers' plan. The striker sealed a permanent move to Upton Park on for a club record £15million recently.

Bought for: £35m (2011)

Sold for: £15m (2013)


3. Didier Drogba: A legend for the club and perhaps the only player on this list who has justified his price tag during his time at the club. Drogba helped Chelsea win the Premier League three times, the FA Cup 4 times, the league Cup twice and finally a Champions League medal in his last season. 

The Ivorian served the club for a long period and although he decided to leave the club for free to join Shanghai Shenhua it wouldn't really represent a loss due to the success the signing bring.

Bought for: £24m (2004)

Sold for: Free (2012)

Loss: £24m

2. Dimitar Berbatov: Another deadline day purchase for a club record transfer by Sir Alex Ferguson. The first non English player to score five goals in a game who joined the likes of  Andre Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermain Defoe. 

He also received the Premier League golden boot in the 2011 season for his 20 goals, but the following year he fell out of favour and was sold to Fulham for a huge loss.

Bought for: £31m (2008)

Sold for: £5m (2012)

Loss: £26m 

1. Andriy Shevchenko: Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich broke the British record transfer fee to bring the AC Milan striker to Chelsea. The former European player of the year scored just nine goals in 48 games and was loaned back to his previous club after being deemed surplus to requirements by newly appointed manager Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008.

Bought for: £30.8m (2006)

Sold for: Free (2009)

Loss: £30.8m


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