With the summer transfer market set to open, clubs are gearing up for another summer of big spending.
So, with that being said, we’ve decided to take a look at the five worst big-money signings in the history of the Premier League.
Fernando Torres | Liverpool to Chelsea | Cost: £50m
Back in January 2011, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres became the fourth most expensive player of all time. Regarded as one of the most feared strikers in world football, the Spanish international soon made a record-breaking £50m transfer to Stamford Bridge.
This was a player who was expected to make Chelsea one of the best teams on the planet. However, that notion was soon to be put to bed when he endured a non-productive first season.
As debut seasons go, Torres’s couldn’t have got off to a worse start, having to wait an astounding 734 minutes to score his first goal in a Chelsea shirt.
The Spaniard also had to suffer becoming second fiddle to Chelsea hero Dider Drogba, and soon became one of the new faces of footballing flops.
Nonetheless, this season has seen the 29-year-old net 22 goals in 64 appearances for the Blues. We may have seen glimpses of the old Spaniard but he’s still a long shot off being worth the £50m Roman Ambramovich paid for him.
Andy Carroll | Newcastle to Liverpool | Cost: £35m
One of the most bizarre transfers in Premier League history: Newcastle’s Andy Carroll was sent to Liverpool for £35m, breaking the record for the highest transfer fee for an English player.
After netting 11 times in 18 Premier League games the England striker Andy Carroll was fast becoming one of the games most established No. 9s.
Not only was the striker not worth the hefty investment, he did not silence his critics either: Liverpool soon sent the England striker on loan to newly-promoted West Ham.
Although he has looked impressive at times this season for the Hammers, nothing will repay the price tag that Liverpool paid for him in 2011. In only 44 appearances for Liverpool, the striker scored a mere six goals.
Robinho | Real Madrid to Manchester City | Cost: £32.5m
The Brazilian was one of the club’s first big-money signings since the takeover in 2008.
From a young age the striker was set for stardom and was regarded as one of world football’s finest prospects. The problem was, though, Robinho never reached anything near that level of football that the hype suggested.
After a poor spell with La Liga giant’s Real Madrid, newly-rich Manchester City took the Brazilian under their wing in a last ditch attempt to get the best out of the striker.
However, Robinho claimed to be so unsettled at the club that he informed his advisers that he did not "want another day in Manchester” and left the club after being at the Manchester club for just two seasons.
Robinho failed to make an impression scoring a measly 16 goals in 53 games for the Manchester side. Soon after, the player was sent back on loan to Santos before making a permanent move to AC Milan.
Andriy Shevchenko | AC Milan to Chelsea | Cost: £30.8m
At the time of his purchase, Andriy Shevchenko was the most expensive player ever bought by an English club.
The Ukrainian legend scored 14 goals in his debut season and eight in his second year, but failed to replicate the form he showed at AC Milan. It seemed he had lost a yard of pace and struggled to adapt to the speed and physicality of the English game.
After a series of injuries and a dip in form, Chelsea decided to pull the plug on the striker and loaned him back to his previous club AC Milan, before selling him back to Dymano Kyiv, where he finally finished his career.
Juan Sebastian Veron | Lazio to Manchester United | Cost: £28.1m
2001 was the year that saw Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron became the most expensive signing in the history of English football.
Yet the midfielder failed to live up to Manchester United’s high expectations. Both statistically and performance wise, Veron failed to make his mark at Old Trafford and will go down as one of the club’s worst investments.
The now 38-year-old only made a handful of appearances before returning to Serie A side Inter Milan. After only 51 appearances and 11 goals, Veron was flogged to South London side Chelsea, who also overspent on the player - paying £15m for his services.
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