Not all players manage to shine when they join a new club. Some find it hard to adapt making them drop in their performance.
These are the 5 bad transfer deals in football history across top 5 Europe leagues.
1. Philippe Coutinho
The Brazilian attacking midfielder was signed by Barcelona in 2018 for €135 Million.
They then sold him to Aston Villa in January 2022 winter transfer for €20 Million.
Real Madrid signed him from AC Milan for €67 Million.
On the expiry of his contract in 2013 he left to join AC Milan as a free agent.
3. James Rodriguez
After his performance for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup, Real Madrid signed him from Monaco at a fee of €75 Million.
He signed a 6 years contract.
When his contract expired in 2020 he joined Everton for free.
4. Gonzalez Higuain
Juventus bought him from Napoli in 2016 for €90 Million. He left in 2020 as a free agent.
5. Eliaquim Mangala
After a bad seasons at Manchester City, Eliaquim Mangala who cost the club €42 million was released from the club.
He joined Valencia as a free agent.