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With the 2010-11 club campaign entering its final straight, Goal.com offers the 10 worst transfers from Serie A.

Typically, there was plenty of movement in Serie A over the past year, both ahead of the new season and during the winter transfer window with squads changing their rosters in order to try and improve midway through the campaign.

Of course, not every transfer on the European peninsula turned out to be a success and some players, be it poor scouting, injuries, poor performances, or just a plain lack of desire, failed to make the grade at their new club.

Serie A was home to several disappointing arrivals, and we reveal which incoming players struggled to live up to the expectations placed upon them this season.

We judged the 10 worst transfers for 2010-11 based on:
  • The player's overall contribution (this being the most important factor)
  • How the player fitted into his new line-up
  • How quickly the player adapted to his new surroundings, and vice-versa
  • The transfer fee paid, if any, and any other financial details known. (Transfer fees unconfirmed by either club or otherwise unknown are given as approximations and are marked in italics.)
So, please find below Goal.com's countdown of the ten worst pieces of business from the 2010-11 Serie A season.

10


Andrea RANOCCHIA

Appearances: 19
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 1

Genoa Inter - €12.5m

Cue the controversy as Ranocchia starts off our list. Admittedly the recent hype, or should we say criticism, surrounding Inter's defensive woes as their season unravelled, contribute to his presence here.

After the Nerazzurri paid a hefty sum for Genoa's half of the player's rights, his performances have ranged from accomplished to awful, raising questions over whether he is 'the future' of Italian defending. Luckily, the 23-year-old has time to prove his critics wrong and turn things around.

9


EDUARDO

Appearances: 33
Goals Conceded: 37
Clean Sheets: 0
Braga Genoa - €4m

Eduardo was one of the most high-profile signings for ambitious Genoa during the summer, but has failed to provide consistent performances between the sticks in 2010-11.

Although the Grifoni have only conceded a respectable 37 goals in 33 Serie A matches, the Portuguese international has committed some dreadful howlers during the course of the season, though he has shown signs of settling in at the Marassi more recently.
8


Jonathan BIABIANY

Appearances: 12
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 0
Sampdoria Inter - €7m

Valued at €7 million in the deal that took Giampaolo Pazzini to Inter, Biabiany had the thankless task of trying to replace "goal twins" Pazzini and Antonio Cassano.

Having failed to even find the net and offer anything close to what his predecessors could produce at the Genoa-based club, the young Frenchman's reputation is falling quickly and he may be plying his trade in Serie B next term if he and Samp do not avoid relegation.
7


Jose SOSA

Appearances: 22
Goals Scored: 1
Assists: 2
Napoli Bayern Munich - Undisclosed fee

Arriving in Naples with plenty of promise after a successful loan spell with Estudiantes in Argentina, Sosa has barely made any impact at the Stadio San Paolo, falling behind Lavezzi, Cavani, and Mascara in the pecking order.

The 25-year-old's future is far from certain despite signing a four-year deal last summer and his stay in southern Italy could end up being a rather forgetful one if he moves on, having been subbed off in all six Serie A starts he has made under Walter Mazzarri this season.
6


Guillermo BURDISSO

Appearance: 3
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 0
Rosario Central Roma - Loan

Brought in on loan from Rosario Central, one wonders if the move was only to increase the likelihood of the player's brother, Nicolas, joining the club.

While Nicolas has indeed featured since his outright arrival from Inter, Guillermo has only managed three appearances and is typically an oversight when current coach Vincenzo Montella makes his team sheet. Odds are that the Argentine will be going back to his homeland once his loan expires.
5

RAFINHA

Appearances: 31
Goals Scored: 2
Assists: 1
Genoa Rafinha - €8m

Touted as one of the top full-backs in Europe after a successful season with Schalke in 2009-10, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in his services, he was surprisingly snapped up by Genoa.

Unfortunately, the Brazilian has done little to prove he was worth all the attention. Like Eduardo, he has settled in better recently, but his spell with the Ligurian outfit has been largely disappointing.
4


Andrea RAGGI

Appearances: 15
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 0
Bari Palermo - Loan

Arguably the only thing worse than Raggi's performances on this pitch are his complaints to the press when he is not playing.

The defender, now in a third successive loan spell away from Palermo, was brought in to replace the solidity provided by Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Ranocchia last season - but has fallen well short of that, no matter where he has been played in the backline, and is no longer even in the starting XI of the relegation-bound Galletti.
3


Sokratis PAPASTHAPOULOS

Appearances: 5
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 0
AC Milan Genoa - €7m

The young Greek international was purchased for a reported fee of between €5-7 million, but has offered no return on that value for Milan thus far.

Making just five appearances in all competitions, the former AEK Athens star has been only used in the most dire of circumstances for the current league-leaders, when their backline is decimated by injuries and suspension. Youth is on his side, but Milan may decide he isn't worth having around any longer after his failure to impress.
2


Marco MOTTA

Appearances: 25
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 1
Juventus Udinese - Loan

Given an outright 'F' in Goal.com's transfer report card for Juventus this season, Motta has been one of the biggest disasters of 2010-11.

Touted as one of the most promising Italian full-backs in Italy after making his national team debut, Motta's reckless performances since joining the Turin giants has relieved him of a golden opportunity to prove himself with a big team. It remains to be seen whether the Bianconeri will take up their option to buy him.
1

ADRIANO

Appearances: 7
Goals Scored: 0
Assists: 0

Roma Flamengo - Free Transfer

The gamble that horribly backfired - Adriano's move to the Stadio Olimpico looked doomed to fail from the start. After a positive spell in Brazil, Roma thought 'The Emperor' might be ready to perform in Europe once again and offered him a salary of €5 million per season.

The controversial striker failed to take his chance though and after injuries and disciplinary issues, agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the club. Now at Corinthians, the 29-year-old was recently ruled out for a further five months.

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