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Fernando Torres' impending move to AC Milan will bring to an end a torrid three-and-a-half year spell at Chelsea for the man who cost the club £50million. Here, Herald Sport takes a look a five stars who failed to justify their huge price tags.

Fernando Torres' impending move to AC Milan will bring to an end a torrid three-and-a-half year spell at Chelsea for the man who cost the club £50million. Here, Herald Sport takes a look a five stars who failed to justify their huge price tags.

Andy Carroll

Newcastle to Liverpool, 2011, £35m

Kenny Dalglish parted with a massive sum to bring the muscular striker to Anfield in January 2011, the same window in which Torres left for Chelsea. Carroll had proved himself in the Championship, but had little Premier League experience, and never looked like living up to the price tag, not helped by injury problems. He was deemed surplus to requirements by Dalglish's replacement Brendan Rodgers and offloaded at a significant loss to West Ham after six goals in 44 league games for the Reds.

Robinho

Real Madrid to Man City, 2008, £32.5m

The Brazilian was Manchester City's first 'galactico' signing as they pulled off a coup by beating Chelsea to his signature. Despite an encouraging first season in England, he struggled to live up to his reputation and fell down the pecking order as more and more big names arrived at the club. He joined hometown club Santos in January 2010 before leaving for good to join AC Milan that summer.

Andriy Shevchenko

AC Milan to Chelsea, 2006, £30.8m

The Ukrainian arrived at Stamford Bridge with a glittering CV, boasting Serie A and Champions League success with Milan and an enviable scoring record in Italy's notoriously defensive top flight. The fee to bring him to Chelsea, almost two months short of his 30th birthday, broke the British transfer record. He scored nine league goals in two seasons before being shipped back to Milan on loan and then rejoining his first club, Dynamo Kiev, permanently in 2009.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Lazio to Man United, 2001, £28.1m

Manchester United broke the British transfer record to bring the Argentinian midfielder to Old Trafford - and it proved one of Alex Ferguson's worst pieces of business. The flashes of brilliance which had lit up Serie A and earned him the move proved few and far between and after two years United cut their losses and sold him to Chelsea for £15million.

Serhiy Rebrov

Dynamo Kiev to Tottenham, 2000, £11m

Shevchenko's compatriot and strike-partner in the wonderfully exciting Dynamo Kiev side of the late 1990s also tested himself in the Premier League - and too proved an unmitigated failure. A record signing for Spurs, he managed 10 goals in 60 league games before being loaned out to Fenerbahce and, at the end of his White Hart Lane contract, moving to West Ham, with whom he fared little better.


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