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Published: August 14, 2011
5. Roque Santa Cruz to Manchester City for £17.5M (2009)
Roque Santa Cruz is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City. On 21 June 2009, Santa Cruz joined Manchester City with transfer fee of £17.5 million on a four-year deal.Santa Cruz grabbed his first league goals for City against Sunderland. But his appearances in have been limited due to a succession of injuries coupled with a lack of form. Roberto Mancini (Who replaced Mark Hughes as a manger during the season) continued to leave out Santa Cruz during the 2010–11 season. Santa Cruz made it clear he wanted to leave, on 14 January 2011, he returned to Blackburn Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2010–11 football season.
4. Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool for £20M (2009)
Alberto Aquilani is an Italian footballer who plays for Liverpool F.C. as a central midfielder. On 5 August 2009, Liverpool got Aquilani from Roma after agree a fee of £ 20M in total (£17 million plus sporting bonus). Aquilani was signed as Xabi Alonso’s replacement, yet he lacks the physical presence and the mental fortitude of Alonso.The Italian made 18 appearances for Liverpool and score twice. He failed to adopt the English way of play due to that Liverpool send him on season long loan to Juventus On 21 August 2010.
3. Sebastián Verón to Manchester United for £28.1M (2001)
Juan Sebastián Verón is an Argentine player who currently plays as midfielder for Estudiantes de La Plata in the Argentine Primera División.Veron join Manchester united from Lazio with a transfer fee of £28.1M in 2001. He had trouble adapting to the faster pace of the Premiership. He made 51 appearances for united and mange to score only once. His signing is still considered as an expensive flop of all time.
2. Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea for £30.8M (2006)
Andriy Shevchenko is a Ukrainian footballer who plays for Dynamo Kyiv as a striker. On 28 May 2006, Shevchenko left Milan for Chelsea with £30.8 million transfer fee, breaking the record for a player signed by an English club.But Shev didn’t perform according to the Roman Abramovich and José Mourinho expectations.He made 47 appearances for Chelsea and only managed to score 9 times. Shevchenko was not used very often in the starting lineup at Chelsea because of injuries and his lack of form. Due to which he was was loaned back to his old club Milan for the 2008–09 season. Andriy Shevchenko is among the list of biggest transfer flop ever.
1. Robinho to Manchester City for £32.5M (2008)
Robinho is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan. On 1 September 2008 Robinho completed a move to Manchester City with a transfer fee of £32.5m.After agreeing personal terms of £160,000 per week wages on a four-year deal. Robinho finished the season as City’s top goal scorer with 14. But his second season at City he missed 3 months of the season due to injury, and only played 12 games in total and scored only one goal. Due to his injures and lack of form Man City sent him on loan to his home club Santos on 28 January 2010. On 31 August 2010, Robinho moved to Milan from Manchester City for a fee of €18 million.Robinho is top the list in term of all time flop expensive transfers in English Premier League.
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