As soon as the transfer window opens, clubs are eyeing up the next best thing and are willing to spend outrageous sums of money for players who on many occasions can not live up to the price tag the have been bought for.
Many clubs have had their fair share of transfer flops; players that have been plagued by injury or just don't gel with the club they have been signed by.
Here are my top five underwhelming transfer flops:
Robinho £32.5 million from Real Madrid to Manchester City
At the end of summer 2008, much of the transfer talk was dedicated to Robinho. After three good years at Real Madrid, Robinho felt it was time to move on to pastures new and moved to Manchester City for a price tag the Manchester club could afford after recently been purchased by their wealthy owners. City bought the Brazilian on deadline day but ultimately paid for their expensive taste - the Brazilian failed to settle and chose to prove his credentials back in Brazil with a loan move to Santos.
Andriy Shevchenko £30 million From AC Milan Chelsea
From 1999 to 2006, Andriy Shevchenko scored 127 goals in 208 games. Blues owner Roman Abramovich was keen buy him and forked out a staggering £30 million, Chelsea's highest ever transfer fee (at that time) and the Blues hoped that their new signing would score copious amounts of goals. The Ukrainian did not deliver and only produced 22 goals in 77 games for the club. Andrei Shevchenko urged Fernando Torres to ignore the weight of his £50 million transfer fee when he moved to Stamford Bridge in order to avoid being burdened by the ‘flop’ tag which overshadowed his own career at Chelsea.
Fernando Torres £50 million from Liverpool to Chelsea
Torres’ time at Chelsea has been a disappointment with a string of lacklustre performances, he has been unable to reproduce the form that earned him the reputation of being a feared striker at Liverpool. There have been one or two highs in the strikers time at Chelsea, such as his goal in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona that confirmed Chelsea’s place in the final. Abramovich was desperate to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea paid the outrageous sum of £50million to Liverpool, a British record, and many thought that the Spaniard would bang in the goals game after game at Stamford Bridge. That never happened, with the striker seemingly weighed down by his enormous price tag, as well as being plagued with injuries.
Massimo Taibi £4,500,000 from Venezia to Manchester United
Massimo Taibi is widely considered as the worst ever goalkeeper to grace the Premier League. Taibi went to The Red Devils from Venezia for £4.4million back in 1999. After just one game the goalie was given the nickname 'The Blind Venetian’ after flapping at a Liverpool free-kick. After just four appearances to his name the United flop was quickly sold to Italian side Reggina. Taibi lasted just one season with Manchester United, a spell which was deemed a massive failure by both fans and critics.
Andy Carrol £35 million from Newcastle United to Liverpool
Andy Carroll is Liverpool's most expensive signing after they paid Newcastle United £35million for him in the 2011 transfer window. Liverpool were desperate for a top striker and did not have time for tough discussions over the price with any club. Fans were both sceptical of the price and his experience and were right to be after the striker scored a measly six goals in 44 appearances. Carroll didn't live up to much at the club, but with a price tag so high it would have been near impossible to live up to many fans' and critics' expectations. Andy Carroll is the eighth most expensive footballer of all-time. He is right up there with the greats such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane but with a string of very average performances it is outrageous to think that price wise he is ranked against these players.
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