Fernando Torres: The poster boy for deadline day flops?
With the transfer deadline fast approaching, clubs scramble to complete deals and things can get pretty chaotic to say the least.
With teams holding out for the best possible deal transfers often go down to the wire. Meanwhile, others push the panic button and make a purchase in haste which can be a recipe for disaster.
Fernando Torres is something of a poster boy for deadline day signings that failed dramatically after his £50 million move from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011 resulted in the Spaniard scoring just 45 times in 172 appearance for the Londoners.
However, there are several other deadline day recruits who crashed and burned and here, we take a look at 10 of the worst.
Which transfer do you think was the worst out of our top ten?
On the move?: Joao Mario, Benjamin Stambouli, Ryan Mason, Salvatore Sirigu.
Besides making signings, clubs around Europe are also in the process of clearing out their squads and PSG are no exception.
With Salvatore Sirigu and Benjamin Stambouli on the way out, the deals should free up space and funds for further recruitment.
Sport360 rounds-up the day’s major transfer stories.
Salvatore Sirigu, PSG to Sevilla, loan (Done Deal)
Sevilla were rumoured to be interested in taking Manchester City outcast Joe Hart but have instead sealed a season-long loan seal for Italian Sirigu. The 29-year-old has dropped down the pecking order in Paris with Kevin Trapp the preferred No1.
PSG boss Unai Emery’s summer clear out has continued apace with the 26-year-old joining the Bundesliga outfit having signed a four-year deal. He is the second midfielder to have joined Schalke this week following the loan arrival of Nabil Bentaleb from Tottenham.
Joao Mario, Sporting to Inter, loan (Fee Agreed)
What a day for Inter - Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa both touch down in Milan
Internazionale are close to significantly bolstering their midfield with Portuguese star Mario. The 23-year-old is more than just a talented prospect and will make an immediate impact as either a No8 or 10. The Serie A side are also closing in on Brazil’s Gabriel Barbosa.
Ryan Mason, Tottenham to Hull, €9.3 million (In Talks)
The Tigers face stiff competition from Sunderland for the midfielder’s signature with the 25-year-old seeing his first-team opportunities at White Hart Lane blocked by Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and new signing Victor Wanyama.
Simone Zaza, Juventus to West Ham, €28 million (Fee Agreed)
Their depleted forward line ultimately saw them knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday and boss Slaven Bilic has moved to bolster his attacking options. The Italy international is due to have a medical, just don’t expect him to take pens anytime soon.
The Dutch international right-back is back in the Premier League after signing a four-year contract at Vicarage Road. The Magpies immediately replaced Janmaat with the £5m acquisition of USA full-back DeAndre Yedlin from Tottenham.
Benjamin Stambouli, PSG to Schalke, €8 million (Fee agreed)
Just days before the start of the Bundesliga season, Schalke are poised to complete the double signing of defensive midfielders Stamboili and Nabil Bentaleb on loan from Spurs. Both could be unveiled by Friday, before their league opener at Frankfurt.
Benjamin Stambouli's arrival at Schalke reportedly will not impact Nabil Bentaleb's move there. Both set to sign. https://t.co/3E1dgAaanS
Sofiane Boufal, Lille to Southampton, £20 million (In talks)
Southampton have opened talks with Lille over the Moroccan forward following a start to the season which has shown them distinctly lacking in firepower. Boufal, 22, is more creator than scorer but would be a classy addition to the Saints squad.
Wilfried Bony, Man City to West Ham, £25 million (In talks)
West Ham’s search for a striker dates back to the end of last season but the need has been intensified by Andy Carroll’s most recent injury. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed he is “interested” in Bony who doesn’t appear to have a future under Pep Guardiola.
Hakan Calhanoglu, Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham, €40 million (In talks)
The agent of the Turkish free-kick specialist has admitted Spurs have made contact over the availability of the 22-year-old. Leverkusen would be reluctant sellers and would expect a sizeable increase on the €14.5m they paid Hamburg for the playmaker in 2014.