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Rating the biggest deals in English football

By Danny Hart

With Fernando Torres making his switch from Liverpool to Chelsea on Monday, Goal.com UK takes a look at the most expensive Premier League transfers of all time and whether they justified their enormous fees.

Torres had looked set to stay at Anfield until the club received a bid from the Blues with days to go in the transfer window. However, after the initial offer was rejected, a transfer request from the World Cup winner followed and an agreement was struck for a record breaking £50 million move to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The likes of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney have improved and not been put off by their hefty price tags, but Andrei Shevchenko, as well as others, did not fare so well.

So with Andy Carroll also moving for big money this window as a £35m replacement for Torres, and with Edin Dzeko joining Manchester City, Goal.com UK runs you through the top 10 most expensive Premier League transfers in history.


Name:
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
From: Liverpool
To: Chelsea
Fee: £50m
Date Joined: January 2011
Age at time of transfer: 26
Appearances: 0
Goals: 0

Only this season have questions been asked of the former Atletico Madrid man. The Spaniard hasn’t look his old self and is not as clinical as he has been in previous years, having become the quickest ever Liverpool player to reach 50 goals for the club.

His move to Chelsea looks as though it may bring him back to his best, although whether that may mean a change of system from the Blues’ regular 4-3-3 formation to accommodate the World Cup winner and Didier Drogba in the same side is another thing.

Chance of success:


Name:
Andy Carroll
Position: Striker
From: Newcastle United
To: Liverpool
Fee: £35m
Date Joined: January 2011
Age at time of transfer: 22
Appearances: 0
Goals: 0

Just a year ago nobody could have imagined Carroll moving for such an amount of money or to a club of such stature. In fact, he was even linked with a £4m move to Wolves after Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League in 2009.

But this season he has become one of the most feared strikers in the country, has earned his first England cap and has now secured a massive £35m move to Liverpool. There have been suggestions that he didn’t want to leave Newcastle, but he has all the qualities to be a success at Anfield.

Chance of success:


Name:
Robinho
Position: Forward
From: Real Madrid
To: Manchester City
Fee: £32.5m
Date Joined: September 2008
Age at time of transfer: 24
Appearances: 53
Goals: 16

The marquee signing that kicked off the big money spending at Eastlands, Robinho made an instant impact, scoring on his debut against Chelsea, who targeted him that summer, and scoring goals for fun up until the New Year.

His performances and work rate were questioned over the next 12 months and he was loaned out to Santos before being sold to AC Milan. Despite not being a huge success in England, the likes of Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Yaya Toure may never have joined City had Robinho, the club’s first major signing, not taken that risk back in 2008.

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Name:
Andrei Shevchenko
Position: Striker
From: AC Milan
To: Chelsea
Fee: £30.8m
Date Joined: May 2006
Age at time of transfer: 29
Appearances: 77
Goals: 22

Was seen as one of the best strikers in the world when he joined Chelsea in 2006. However, things never worked out at Stamford Bridge, whether that be down to the Blues’ changes of system or simply because his legs had gone - the latter widely accepted as the main reason.

And despite improving in his second season at the club - he scored just four league goals in his first campaign - he was allowed to join AC Milan on loan in 2008 before moving to Dinamo Kiev on a free at the start of Ancelotti's reign.

Success Rating:


Name:
Dimitar Berbatov
Position: Striker
From: Tottenham
To: Manchester United
Fee: £30.75m
Date Joined: September 2008
Age at time of transfer: 27
Appearances: 112
Goals: 46

Berbatov joined Manchester United with many doubting whether his style of play would fit into their system. For the first two years he struggled to win the backing of the fans, but this season he has come into his own.

Despite a 10-match drought without a goal between September and November, the Bulgarian has still managed to already beat his tally from his previous campaigns at Old Trafford, netting 20 goals in all competitions, including three hat-tricks, one of which will live long in the memory as it came against rivals Liverpool in the Premier League.

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Name: Rio Ferdinand
Position: Centre-back
From: Leeds United
To: Manchester United
Fee: £29.1 million
Date Joined: July 2002
Age at time of transfer: 23
Appearances: 348
Goals: 7

The man chosen by Fabio Capello to replace John Terry as England captain before getting injured and missing the entirety of last summer’s World Cup finals, was the most expensive British player for over eight years.

Ferdinand has been a colossus at Old Trafford, winning a total of 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles, two League Cups, and the Champions League.

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Name:
Juan Sebastian Veron
Position: Midfielder
From: Lazio
To: Manchester United
Fee: £28.1m
Date Joined: July 2001
Age at time of transfer: 26
Appearances: 82
Goals: 11

Widely regarded as the biggest flop of Sir Alex Ferguson’s signings over the years, Veron failed to make the impact at Old Trafford expected of a £28.1m man.

The Argentine was shipped out to Chelsea after just two seasons at United, but made a surprise return on the biggest stage when Diego Maradona called upon him to orchestrate a midfield otherwise full of flair players at the 2010 World Cup.

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Name:
Edin Dzeko
Position: Striker
From: Wolfsburg
To: Manchester City
Fee: £27m
Date Joined: January 2011
Age at time of transfer: 24
Appearances: 3
Goals: 1

Despite star striker Carlos Tevez continuing to score goals and City seriously challenging for the Premier League come the New Year, Roberto Mancini decided to splash out on a new front man to help support the Argentine.

After an impressive debut against Wolves, Dzeko failed to make an impact in the loss to Aston Villa. He then grabbed his first goal for the club to spare their blushes against Notts County. The Bosnian has every chance of being a huge hit in the Premier League.

Chance of Success:


Name: Wayne Rooney
Position: Striker
From: Everton
To: Manchester United
Fee: £25.6m
Date Joined: August 2004
Age at time of transfer: 18
Appearances: 299
Goals: 134

The player who was quickly becoming an Old Trafford legend has had his reputation tarnished somewhat over the last few months. After questioning the club’s ambition and handing in a transfer request, then performing a dramatic U-turn by signing a new deal, he has still not won back all of the United faithful.

Apart from this season, ‘Wazza’ has improved year-on-year since joining the Red Devils, and having bagged 34 goals in 44 appearances last term, as well as helping the club to Premier League titles and the Champions League, Sir Alex Ferguson’s hefty investment has been more than justified.

Success Rating:


Name:
Michael Essien
Position: Midfielder
From: Lyon
To: Chelsea
Fee: £24.4m
Date Joined: August 2005
Age at time of transfer: 23
Appearances: 210
Goals: 26

There has never been any question about Essien’s ability to make it in the Premier League. The Ghanaian settled in quickly at Stamford Bridge following his big money move from Lyon, helping guide Chelsea to the title in 2006.

And while he has been a success, injuries have hampered his last three years at the club. This season the midfielder has remained fairly injury free but missing the first half of the campaign under Luiz Felipe Scolari undoubtedly dented their title challenge in 2009.

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Carlos Tevez’s move to Manchester City in 2009 has been reported to be anything between £20m-£47m. So while the transfer fee paid remains uncertain, he is not officially recognised in the top 10 most expensive deals.

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