Football sides take a big risk every time they spend a considerable sum on a player, and not every time it pays off.
In this feature, we take a look at five big-money signing that turned out to flop in the Premier League:
Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea for £50m
The Spaniard was one of the best strikers in the world when he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea for a record-breaking £50m. In January 2011, many believed that Chelsea had pulled off a coup by signing Fernando Torres. However, the Spaniard could never replicate his Liverpool-form at the West London side.
Andy Carroll – Newcastle United to Liverpool for £35m
Liverpool reacted to selling Torres by signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle in the same month. The English striker was coming on the back of an impressive season with the Magpies, but the move to Merseyside didn’t turn out well for him or the Reds. He left the club without making an impact.
Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid to Manchester United for £59.5m
The Argentinean has been a top football player through most of his career. He has won significant honors with Real Madrid, and he is currently an essential player in the Paris Saint-Germain. His one-year stay with United turned out to be the darkest chapter of his professional career as he failed to make an impact in the Premier League.
Christian Benteke – Aston Villa to Liverpool for £32.5m
The Belgian was signed by former Liverpool in Premier League boss Brendan Rodgers for a significant amount of money. However, his style of play didn’t suit Liverpool’s demands, and Jurgen Klopp eventually sold him.
Eliaquim Mangala – FC Porto to Manchester City
The French center-back established himself as a top center-back during his Porto days. However, following his big-money move to City didn’t materialize well. He has been to a couple of loan spells, and at present, he finds himself reduced to a reserve player on the Pep Guardiola’s side.