Top five: Transfer losses of all-time (5)

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2. David Villa | €37.9 million loss

Valencia to FC Barcelona €40m

Clubs all over Europe were watching Spain’s all-time top-scorer after he matched his best ever return in a single season for Valencia – 28 goals.

Villa snubbed interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham to sign a four-year contract with Barcelona.

The former Valencia megastar scored his fair share of goals for the Catalan giants, but the rise of Lionel Messi impeded the clinical Spaniard from operating in his favoured central striking role.

Villa was by no means a failure at Barça, but his scoring feats elsewhere hint that he could have flourished elsewhere with less competition. 

The latter stages of his Nou Camp career saw his first-team prospects gradually diminished by injuries, new signings and promoted academy starlets.

FC Barcelona to Atlético Madrid €2.1m

In July 2013, Atlético Madrid pounced to grab one of the bargains of the summer – a massive 95% discount on the sum Pep Guardiola paid for the prolific forward in 2010.

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