Sunday 23 October 2016

Five deadline day panic buys from recent years that backfired horribly

Published 01/09/2015 | 10:39

Chelsea's Fernando Torres
Chelsea's Fernando Torres

The final hours of the transfer window inspires desperate managers to hit their panic button – often with calamitous results.

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After spending the previous two months trying to capture  the players of their dreams, the moves that take place on the final two days of transfer activity tend to feature players that fall into the second best bin in the end of season sale.

That does not always the price tags on players who tend to be sold for inflated fees, with some of the deals completed in the run up to deadline day coming back to haunt some of the biggest names in the game.

For those managers tempted to splash the cash ahead of the close of transfer business at 6pm tonight, here are a few timely reminders of the transfer disasters of deadlines past.

JUAN CUADRADO – Fiorentina to Chelsea in February 2015 (£24m)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho found himself denying suggestions that this Colombian midfielder was a panic buy just a few days after he arrived at Stamford Bridge, yet those words look pretty hollow now.

Cuadrado played just 13 Premier League games for Chelsea and made a desperately limited impact before he joined Juventus on loan last week.


RADAMEL FALCAO – Monaco to Manchester United in August 2014 (Loan)

This looked like a decent move by United, with Falcao’s reputation for being one of the world’s most prolific goal scorers suggesting he was a better option than Danny Welbeck, who was allowed to join Arsenal.

Sadly for United and Van Gaal, Falcao was a major disappointment in his season at Old Trafford and it was no surprise when he was allowed to leave at the end of his first campaign.

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MARIO BALOTELLI – AC Milan to Liverpool in August 2014 (£16m)

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was looking for an additional forward to add to his list and after initially denying he would sign this maverick Italian, a deal was thrashed out as the window edged towards a close.

Has there ever been a more disastrous panic buy? Balotelli caused predictable chaos at Anfield and they did well to get him out on loan to AC Milan last week.


ERIK LAMELA – Roma to Tottenham in August 2013 (£30m)

The price tag placed on the head of this Argentine always appeared to be inflated and so it has proved, with Lamela struggling to make any serious impression in the Premier League.

To think Spurs though they were signing a replacement for Gareth Bale when they paid such a heft fee for this flop.


FERNANDO TORRES – Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011 (£50m)

The story goes that Torres’ move to Chelsea was so hurried that he didn’t even get a chance to complete a full medical before the paperwork was signed on the transfer.

Torres’ disastrous run of form at Chelsea was compensated by a medal haul that included Champions League and FA Cup success, but his role in those triumphs was limited.


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