Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan marks the top of his nightmare spell at Chelsea. The £97million man scored just eight Premier League goals during his dire season back within the English capital and now leaves on a loan deal, happening as one in all the worst transfers in Premier League history. Here Express Sport looks at the opposite transfer moves that just went completely incorrect.
Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United and Henrik Mkhitaryan to Arsenal (Swap deal)
There are few transfer deals in football history worse than the swap deal between Manchester United and Arsenal for Sanchez and Mkhitaryan. Each players flopped at their recent clubs and located themselves loaned out to Serie A inside 18 months.
Sanchez was a very expensive flop, the forward was rumoured to be earning around £500,000 every week in Manchester, scoring just five goals for that expenditure. Mkhitaryan was not significantly better, scoring nine times before he was moved on.
Each players eventually ended up joining their loan sides in free transfers in the summertime of 2020. Mkhitaryan joined Roma after his contract was terminated while Sanchez moved on to Inter. A really horrendous transfer that brought no advantages for anyone involved.
Angel Di Maria to Manchester United (£59.7m)
Fresh from a person of the match performance within the 2014 Champions League final, Di Maria gave the impression of the right fit at Old Trafford. The deal was the most costly transfer ever for an English club on the time and he was expected to act because the long-term substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nevertheless, the Argentine flopped during his spell within the North-West scoring just 4 goals. He was sold to PSG in a £44m deal after one season and has had a tense relationship with United fans ever since for comments made within the media.
Andy Carroll to Liverpool (£35m)
With Fernando Torres set to maneuver to Chelsea in a £50m deal, Liverpool were left frantically trying to find a substitute on January’s transfer deadline day in 2011. They settled on signing two players, one was the hugely successful Luis Suarez, the opposite was Carroll.
In fact, the striker should never have been put within the position he was and flopped on the club as a panic buy. The Geordie scored just 11 goals in 58 games during an injury-hit spell before he was shipped off to West Ham initially on loan before they made it everlasting.
The person he replaced at Liverpool could easily have found himself on this list – but Torres was saved on account of his necessary exploits in Europe.
Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea (£40m)
As a vital member of Monaco’s Champions League semi-final squad in 2016-17, Bakayoko looked like he could be the right player to enhance the Blues. He got here in as a substitute for the previously impressive Nemanja Matic who was allowed to hitch Manchester United to make room for the Frenchman.
Nevertheless, Bakayoko struggled within the capital together with his spell on the club being affected by silly mistakes. Bizarrely he stays on Chelsea’s books despite being loaned out every season since 2018 with the Blues unable to seek out a buyer, currently halfway through a two-year loan deal at AC Milan.
Eliaquim Mangala to Man City (£42m)
Considered one in all the brightest young centre-backs on the earth when he signed in 2014. It looked as if he could prove to be a successful signing following a powerful debut against Chelsea.
Nevertheless, this proved to be the high point of his Manchester City profession and it was a relentless downward spiral afterwards. He eventually joined Valencia on a free transfer in 2019 after an unsuccessful loan at Everton.
Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea (£71m)
Kepa originally looked like he could be signing for the London club having put in a string of fine performances for the Blues in 2018.
Nevertheless, his Chelsea profession took a nosedive after he refused to be substituted throughout the League Cup Final in 2019. Chelsea went on to lose the penalty shootout against Manchester City and Kepa’s confidence went with it. The keeper’s statistics fell off a cliff within the games that followed and he has since been replaced as no 1 by Edouard Mendy.
Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea (£35m)
Certainly one of N’Golo Kante’s best accomplishments might be helping Drinkwater earn a move to Chelsea. The pair struck up a powerful partnership as they won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016 which Chelsea hoped to proceed.
Nevertheless, Drinkwater was completely out of his depth at Chelsea, appearing just 23 times at Stamford Bridge. He was frequently loaned out while on the club, slowly sliding down the football pyramid. His most up-to-date move saw him join Championship strugglers Reading. He’ll finally leave the club at the top of his contract this summer.
Ali Dia to Southampton (Free)
The story of Ali Dia is some of the entertaining and bizarre stories in football history. One way or the other the Senegal man managed to persuade Southampton manager Graham Souness that he was the cousin of legendary Liberia star George Weah.
This was enough to persuade Souness to supply Dia a one-month deal in 1996. He made one appearance for the south coast side, coming on as an alternative before being quickly substituted himself, such was the extent of his performance. His contract was terminated after 14 days and he moved on to Gateshead where he was transfer-listed inside a 12 months for being too poor. He is taken into account by many to be the worst player to ever play within the Premier League.
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United and Chelsea (loans)
Falcao was considered to be among the finest strikers on the earth when he signed for Manchester United on loan from Monaco in 2014. Nevertheless, the Colombian had only recently recovered from a severe ACL injury when he arrived within the north west.
The forward was unable to seek out any type of form at Old Trafford and scored just 4 goals in 29 games. He was considered by many pundits to be one in all the worst signings of the season.
Inexplicably Chelsea decided they wanted a bit of the motion and brought him in on loan the next season. He was even worse at Stamford Bridge scoring only once in an injury-hit spell.
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