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Five Expensive Flops From The History of Premier League Football

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.

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Is Maurizio Sarri Already Working As Manager At Chelsea?

Chelsea took a huge risk by appointing Maurizio Sarri in place of Antonio Conte in the hot-seat during the summer.

Maurizio Sarri had a reputation during his time at Napoli, but he earned a lot of plaudits for implementing his own brand of football in the Napoli side. It became famous as Sarri-ball in Italy.

Under his tutelage, Napoli was magnificent last season as they totaled 91 points during the league season. However, it was not enough to beat Juventus to the Serie A trophy, and Sarri eventually departed from Naples without a league trophy.

On the eve of the Premier League season, not many pundits predicted Sarri to make an immediate impact in West London, and some even claimed that Chelsea would struggle to make the top-four.

However, against all expectations, Chelsea has made a spectacular start to the season. The Blues are one of three teams to pick up maximum points from the first four games in the season. As things stand, they sit joint-top of the table with Liverpool and Watford.

Jorginho has been a key arrival at Stamford Bridge. The Italian mid-fielder has followed Sarri from Napoli, and he has been an integral part of the transition to the Sarri-ball.

Sarri has deployed Jorginho in the defensive midfield role, and N’Golo Kante has been transitioned into a box-to-box midfielder. From the base of the midfield, Jorginho has been able to dictate the tempo of the play, and he has picked up some amazing stats in the opening four weeks.

He set a record for Chelsea for most passes in the game with his 158 passes in the win over Newcastle United. Jorginho is very much familiar with Sarri’s style of play and that has been very evident with his performances in first four rounds.

Chelsea has also signed Mateo Kovacic on a loan deal from Real Madrid, and he could also be a key player in Sarri-ball this season.

Chelsea has looked efficient going forward, and they are scoring goals for fun. However, there are obvious problems at the back as was made evident by their performance against Arsenal.

It might take Sarri some more time to fully implement his philosophy in his squad, but early signs suggest that it would be risky to count Chelsea out of the title race.

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