The January transfer window is a notoriously tough market, but as the below infographic shows, there can be great business to be done as well as disasters.
These are the best and worst deals from the last five years.
The list includes the Torres / Carroll transfer debacle of 2011 amongst the five worst transfers – Torres took over 903 minutes to score his first Chelsea goal, and Andy Carroll struggled to even break into the Liverpool first team. It also details some surprising runaway successes – many Swans were surprised at the form of Michu when he came to South Wales at a bargain price of just £2 million.
After crunching the numbers, FootballScores.com are also able to show exactly what return on investment managers have gotten from their signings, for example with one Michus you get 25 Fernando Torres’, scoring 500 goals.
Andy Bell, owner of FootballScores.com said: “The transfer window is a hectic time. There are some huge sums of money being thrown around as clubs look to secure the players to help them either survive or thrive.”