Now and again there’s a transfer that leaves you scratching your head in disbelief.
“They acquired who?” you ask yourself. (Scratch, scratch)
“They paid HOW much for him?” (Scratch)
It’s amazing how much a team will overpay to land a player they think will prove the outlay. This is especially true when the player in question moves from one league to another. His value has been generated by his performance in one division, and the club acquiring him are assuming he’ll adapt to a new country, a new language and a new lifestyle with minimal difficulty.
There’s a lot of guesswork involved, and no doubt the brokers who close the deal do so with fingers crossed, hoping the millions they’ve just parted with will prove an investment instead of a waste.
Following are five players who, if they make a move this summer, will almost certainly command a fee far in excess of their accomplishments.
They are our “5 Most Overrated Big Names on the Transfer Market.”
Let’s get to it.
Tottenham Hotspur have been keen on signing Leandro Damiao for years, and according to reports in the The Guardian, will make another attempt to get him on their books this summer.
A fee of around £16 million has been floated around, and while it may not seem like much for a first-choice striker, in no way has the 23-year-old suggested he could become anything approaching that at White Hart Lane.
If anything, he would be well-advised to pursue a bounce-back year in the Campeonato Brasileiro, where he scored only seven goals last season.
He has also largely disappointed for the Brazilian national team since making his senior debut in 2011.
At first glance, it would seem Fernando Torres enjoyed something of a rebound season at Chelsea. His 22 goals, after all, represented a doubling of last year’s total.
But a closer look reveals a player who failed to turn up against stiff opposition and scored just once in the Premier League after Christmas—at home to Everton on the final day of the season.
And of his seven other tallies in the English top flight, only one came against a top-four side (Arsenal), and that was bagged all the way back in September.
The Metro has reported Chelsea would accept £20 million for his services. That is, if anyone is foolish enough to actually take him on.
Andrea Ranocchia has all the tools to be an excellent defender.
He stands 6'5", is highly athletic and has made nine appearances for the Italian national team.
But the 25-year-old has done absolutely nothing to warrant a move to a club the size of Manchester United—which is precisely what TalkSport suggested might happen once David Moyes took the reins at Old Trafford.
There`s a reason why Inter Milan finished ninth in Serie A this past season, and while not all the blame falls on Ranocchia`s shoulders, he was certainly part of the problem.
Alexis Sanchez, along with Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas, came under intense scrutiny following Barcelona's heavy Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, and with clubs such as Juventus supposedly keen on acquiring him (as reported by Goal.com), the Catalans would surely jump at any opportunity to offload the Chile international.
Sanchez, 24, has largely failed to impress at Camp Nou since arriving from Udinese in 2011. His goal total dropped from 12 last season to seven this time around, and with Neymar set to take over his position on the left of the attack, he would seem surplus to requirements anyway.
Manchester United may have regained the Premier League title this month, but they did so largely without a helping hand from a player they paid €22.5 million for in 2007.
Nani, who scored three Premier League goals in his first season at Old Trafford five years ago, managed only two this season and turned out in just 17 matches due to injuries and poor form.
His ineffectiveness was one of the reasons former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson set up his team without wingers so often in his final season, and according to The Sun, the 26-year-old could be off to Paris Saint-Germain for £15 million.
At that price, United would be laughing all the way to the bank.