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The worst "panic buy" that are the salt of the transfer window


A transfer window upset late, a transfer that is slow to be concluded ... Some clubs broke the piggy bank at the last moment, and sometimes bitterly regretted it.

1 - Andy Carroll in Liverpool

Long before the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, who restored Liverpool's image, the Reds were the laughing stock of England.

In question, their endless wait for a title in the Premier League, which will have lasted 30 years after the coronation of 2020. But also failed transfers, like that of Andy Carroll in January 2011. Liverpool then just sold Fernando Torres at the price. strong in Chelsea (see below).

To replace the Spanish world champion and support Luis Suarez, the Mersey club are betting on Andy Carroll and his 93 meter. Newcastle sell him for 41M €, capitalizing on his 11 goals in 19 matches in the first part of the season.

The following season, Carroll would score 4 goals in 35 league appearances.

A resounding flop which ended in a loan to West Ham, who bought it for € 17.5 million in 2013.

2 - Fernando Torres at Chelsea

Liverpool bought badly, but also sold well.

If the Reds cracked by paying € 41m for Carroll, it is because they released, this same January 31, 2011, Fernando Torres at Chelsea for € 58m.

Third in the 2008 Ballon d'Or, the Spaniard arrives with immense pressure on his shoulders.

Under the blue jersey, he will never find the magic that lived in the Reds.

His disappointing stint at Chelsea, however, was swept away by his symbolic goal against FC Barcelona, ​​in the semi-final second leg of the 2012 Champions League. In the final against Bayern Munich, under the leadership of Didier Drogba, Chelsea won the first C1 of his history.

And Torres, author of 45 goals in 172 appearances at the club, was part of the adventure.

Torres' goal in the 2012 Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou

3 - Everton and Souza at PSG

Since Rai and Ronaldinho, the supporters of Paris Saint-Germain ignite with each Brazilian who reaches the capital.

The tandem composed of Everton Santos and William Souza is not part of this lineage.

Both players arrive at the end of January 2008, the first from the Corinthians and the second from São Paulo.

“The problem is that there is one called Everton and who said he had similarities with Robinho, explained the former Parisian recruiting director, Alain Roche, at the microphone of Canal + for years later.

It was he himself who compared himself with Robinho.

We knew we were taking average players.

It was in total panic that the decision was made.

I think everyone regrets it. ”

Everton, then 22, will only play 3 small matches at PSG.

He has since known 12 different clubs.

Souza, who was already 29, will wear the Parisian jersey 17 times.

He returned to Brazil the following year.

The purchase of the two players cost 6M €.

Roche: "Everton Santos and Souza, everyone regrets this decision" #PSGhttps: //

- Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) October 8, 2017

4 - Kostas Mitroglou at OM

The "big striker" was not him.

As part of the famous “OM Champions Project”, Olympique de Marseille sought a center forward to embody the offensive face of the Marseille team.

On August 31, 2017, Benfica sold Kostas Mitroglou for € 15m to OM, a year after exercising its € 7m call option on Fulham's side.

The Greek has scored 52 goals in 88 appearances for the Portuguese club.

He only scored 16 in 50 games in the Marseille jersey.

Arrived injured and rarely 100%, he suffers from competition with Valère Germain, holder almost by default.

Loaned to Galatasaray then to PSV Eindhoven, Mitroglou did not find a point of fall this summer, and in the event of a sale, Benfica will receive 50% of the transfer fee.

His contract expires next June.



 - Liverpool did not make noise during the transfer window, and yet….

5 - Julien Faubert at Real Madrid

Revealed in Bordeaux, right midfielder Julien Faubert made a name for himself in Ligue 1. Enough to sign for West Ham against € 9m, in the summer of 2007. One year after his only selection with the France team , in which he scored against Bosnia-Herzegovina (2-1).

And if his ruptured Achilles tendon slowed down his progress, it did not prevent him from being loaned to Real Madrid on January 31, 2009. Faubert was then 26 years old, and he confided, during his presentation, to have thought it "a joke" when the Merengues called him.

In the end, the Martinique will only experience two games in La Liga.

The following summer, Real recruits Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema or Xabi Alonso.

Two mercatos, two atmospheres.

6 - Papy Djilobodji in Chelsea

One minute.

This is the time that Papy Djilobodji spent on a football field wearing a Chelsea jersey.

The central defender spent 5 seasons as holder at FC Nantes (2010-2015), including the last two in Ligue 1. The Senegalese international is solid.

But maybe not to the point of signing for Chelsea on September 1, 2015, at 26, for € 3.5m.

Djilobodji comes into play in added time against FC Walsall, in the Coupe de la Ligue on September 23 (4-1).

And that's all.

Out of 18 Premier League appearances, he only appears on the bench twice.

It is loaned during the winter to Werder Bremen and goes to Sunderland the following summer, for € 9.5 million (!).

Passed by Dijon and Guingamp since, he now plays at the Turkish club Gaziantep.

When Papy Djilobodji is ironic about his transfer to Chelsea ...

- Football News (@ActuFoot_) September 16, 2016

7 - Nicolas Anelka at Juventus

"The worst experience of my life."

This is how Nicolas Anelka called his move to Juventus.

Free after a year in China at Shanghai Shenhua, the French striker arrives in Turin on January 30, 2013, following the big injury of another Bianconeri flop, the Dane Nicklas Bendtner.

But Anelka, at 34, is no longer at her best.

Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella or Sebastian Giovinco are preferred by Antonio Conte.

“I accepted the offer because it was a historic club, recognized Anelka in 2019 for the




I played only 55 minutes and never at home, in front of our supporters.

Whenever someone talks to me about Juventus, I try to quickly change the subject because I'm ashamed to talk about it. "

The former PSG, Real and Chelsea will pass through West Bromwich and Mumbai City, India, before hanging up their boots in 2015.

[Did you know?]

Nicolas Anelka and Nicklas Bendtner are Italian champions with Juventus!

- Football of our childhood ⚽ The Liberos (@LesLiberos) February 14, 2019

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