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The 20 worst football transfers – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith


The 20 worst football transfers
Certain transfers to sometimes astronomical sums turn into real failures. Back on these recruits completely missed.

During the transfer window, many European clubs are active in finding the rare bird in the transfer market. An exercise that is not without risk. Difficulties with adaptation, loss of physical form, injuries, conflict with the coach … Recruiting an assumed star regularly turns into complete failure. And the pill is even harder to collect when the amount committed to the transfer amounts to tens of millions of euros! PSG (35 million euros for Nicolas Anelka in 2000), Chelsea (45 million euros for Andrei Shevchenko in 2006, 58 million euros for Fernando Torres in 2011), Lazio Roma (48 million euros for Gaizka Mendieta in 2001) or, more recently, Manchester United (EUR 75 million for Angel Di Maria in 2014), has had bitter experience in recent years.

In other cases, the investment is not as significant, but the disappointment is up to the hopes placed in the recruited player. By recruiting Patrick Kluivert in 2007, LOSC welcomed, for example, "its signature and its confidence in the Lille project" which testified to "the growing European scope that the club has taken over the seasons". Ten months and four small goals later, the Dutch striker will pack for AZ Alkmaar. Nante's supporters, rather conquered by the arrival of Fabien Barthez in 2008, also quickly disillusioned, and the Blues' former goalkeeper even left the club before the end of the championship, after an estimated round of supporters following a losing game against Rennes. Discover all of these failed transfers by clicking the image above.