Fernando Torres is the latest in a long line of failed record signings by Premier League clubs…
So Fernando Torres’ Chelsea career has come to an end, and so with it ends one of most tumultuous spells of any Premier League signing, particularly one that cost a club record £50m.
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But the Blues are far from the only team to regret a big-money purchase. In fact, numerous record signings have been failures. Here, we rate every Premier League team’s record signing as either a success of failure. Or, in some special cases, we might vote for a ‘jury’s out’ verdict:
Mesut Ozil – £42.5m from Real Madrid (Summer 2013) – FAILURE
The German World Cup winner has shown flashes of the brilliance everyone knows he’s capable of, but has otherwise endured an underwhelming start to his Gunners career, and has spent most of this season on the sidelines.