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Fernando Torres has been the biggest transfer flop since 2000

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The transfer window is back upon us and no doubt some mega money moves will be taking place. Pogba to Man City? Ronaldo back to Man Utd? Will Real Madrid outlay the Sterling to land Raheem?

But, of course, not all transfers transpire to be successful ones, and clubs look back ruefully at sizeable investments that turned out to be enormous wastes of money.

Here are five examples of such that have happened since the turn of the millennium...

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5) Alfonso Alves

Heerenveen to Middlesbrough (£13.6million)

From 2006-2008 Brazilian goal-machine Alves was hitting devastating form. He scored an impressive 45 goals in just 39 games for Dutch side Heerenveen. Middlesbrough quickly snapped up the striker for an estimated £13.6 million.

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The pressure was on for Alves to deliver in one of the world’s most famous leagues. Did he deliver? No, course not that’s why he’s in this list! Afonso scored a miserable 13 goals in 47 matches over an 18 month period. The form that saw him shifted to Qatari side Al Sadd, for less than half the fee that Middlesbrough paid for him.

4) Andriy Shevchenko

AC Milan to Chelsea (£30.8 million)

When Andriy Shevchenko arrived at Chelsea he had already won the Ballon d’or, FIFA world player of the year, plus he scored goals for fun in Italy’s Serie A.

Roman Abramovich had signed a gem, or so he thought he did. Between 2006 and 2009 the Ukrainian international scored a measly nine goals in 30 appearances making him one of Chelsea's biggest wastes of money.

3) Jonathan Woodgate

Newcastle United to Real Madrid (£13.4million)

Jonathan Woodgate had to wait 13 months to make his debut for Los Galacticos after being hampered by injuries. When he did finally make an appearance, he scored an own goal AND got sent off.

Two injury plagued campaigns saw him swap sunny Spain for, er, Middlesbrough. A total of 15 appearances for Madrid also saw him voted as the worst signing of the 21st century by Spanish newspaper Marca.

2) Gaizka Mendieta

Valencia to Lazio (£28.9million)

In July 2004 Gaizka Mendieta swapped Spain for Italy for a fee of almost £29 million. He was brought in as a replacement for Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved after he had enjoyed a successful nine years at Valencia.

However, he was after just one season in Rome he was loaned out to Barcelona and, after that, Middlesbrough. Is there a pattern emerging here?

1) Fernando Torres

Liverpool to Chelsea (£50million)

“Fernando Torres scores again for Liverpool” was the bellowing of match commentators countless times. He moved to Chelsea in January 2011 for a massive £50 million but scored just seven goals in his first two Premier League seasons in London.

He was nowhere near the prolific striker he once was at Anfield. His most memorable moment in a Chelsea shirt for football fans will be that howler at Old Trafford in 2011. He beat the Manchester United defence, rounded the keeper and shot at the empty net for a GOOOOOAAL…Kick!

He was out on loan at AC Milan in 2013/14, then went back to boyhood club Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window of this.

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Fernando Torres
Liverpool
Andrei Shevchenko
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