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Saturday 20 September 2014

TeleBest: Worst transfer deals ever


Massimo Taibi, Venezia to Manchester United, £4.5m, August 1999
There were many attempts at Old Trafford to find a successor to Peter Schmeichel, but this was the most disastrous. Not exactly cheap, he lasted four months, his fate sealed when an innocuous shot from Southampton's Matt le Tissier dribbled pathetically between his legs and crawled over the line.

Sergei Rebrov, Dynamo Kiev to Tottenham Hotspur, £11.5m, June 2000
At Dynamo Kiev, he formed an outstanding partnership with Andrei Shevchenko, but once at Spurs, he seemed to lose the confidence of his managers and plummeted down the pecking order, before dropping off the radar entirely. Last heard of warning Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko of the dangers of 'dark-skinned people', so perhaps we shouldn't mourn his failure.

Adrian Mutu, Parma to Chelsea, £15.8m, August 2003
Proof that money guarantees nothing. The six goals in 27 games were unremarkable. His drug bust for cocaine use (and immediate sacking) were much more memorable.

The cheque books have been out during one of football's most expensive summers ever.

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The thing is, though – players don't automatically fit into teams and managers aren't infallible. There will be deals done in the next few weeks which will turn out comically bad. Almost as comical as some of these, the worst since the Premier League began in 1992.

 

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